Ancients Behaving Badly
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HISTORY brings to life eight of the most brutal and feared leaders of the ancient world on 2 DVDs.
DISC 1: Caligula / Attila The Hun / Julius Caesar / Alexander the Great
DISC 2: Nero / Hannibal / Genghis Khan/ Cleopatra
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8 Episodes on 2 Discs (2010)
"Ancients Behaving Badly" are documentary-style episodes from the History Channel about eight of the most brutal and feared leaders of the ancient world: Caligula, Attila the Hun, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Hannibal, Genghis Khan, and Nero. They cover the latest historical finds to support or disprove claims made about each of these leaders and the treatment of their subjects, their battlefield strategy, and how they achieved and maintained their power. Interviews are taken with experts and are combined with on-location footage and some illustrated CGI reenactments.
There is a scale used to judge the bad behavior at the end of each episode comparing a range of Psychopathic Killer to Goal-Driven Character. It also dictates how they rate with Narcissistic Personality Disorder to get terrifying historical personalities. Certain acts indicate a logical approach and keen insight and other acts apparently diagnose a psychosis. The experts interviewed are historians and also occasionally scientists or other experts. They work to figure out what things like what type of poison Nero may have used on his stepbrother and if it was possible for Nero to rig a canopy to fall on his mother to crush her while she sailed on her boat.
The historians like to compare the "ancients" to more modern historic figures like Hitler, Mussolini, etc. One historian calls Caligula "Freddy Krueger in a toga." Attila the Hun "makes Hannibal Lector look like Mother Teresa."
It is a very interesting and eye-opening show that takes rumors and stories you may vaguely remember for a textbook and get to the bottom of them in all their naughty glory.Read more ›
The following is a 2 disc DVD that will cover:
1. Alexander The Great
2. Atila the Hun
3. Julius Caesar
7. Genghis Khan
Each episode corresponds to each of these leaders. You will get a small biography, with their beginnings, as well as important moments for them. They will talk about how they ruled the world, and what they did to reach that status; most of them did it at any price, even if it meant getting rid of their own blood.
The team that works on this documentary traveled to each location when studying each leader. One of the greatest things is how they challenge what is described in books corresponding to the time of each leader. For example when it is known to us by sources that such leader destroyed walls in such a matter, today, with their technology they put it to the test to see if such comment was true or fictional. This is awesome! You will be surprised.
I honestly don't know how some people could rate this documentary so low; I have seen so many of them and, in general, I would have to say that almost always these documentaries do not dissapoint.
I hope you do give it a try and see for yourself... you don't know what you're missing. Believe it!
For me, where the series really passed it is that it managed to engage my nephews. I bought the DVD as a present for them, thinking that the animated bits would help them engage with the useful, educational subject matter. BINGO! They liked the series so much they watched episodes without me. Mission accomplished!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is definitely a entertaining way to sit through a history class without sugar coating the past.Published 12 months ago by Tiffany A Senior
I love this series, it's educational & interesting. I enjoy seeing the ruins they film in, probably the closest I'll get in my lifetime. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Su-Q
I bought this dvd for my best friend who is a history buff. He loved it!Published 20 months ago by tyrat
Once again, the "HISTORY" channel, I use the term loosely, tries to put out an educational program of some of the greatest minds of the ancient world. Read morePublished 24 months ago by AMY6700