Rome - Power & Glory 2 pk.
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For over a thousand years, Rome was the center of the known world. One of the most glorious empires in history, she brought to her subjects a common language, shared culture, and-for some-wealth beyond imagination. But, nothing lasts forever. War, barbarian attacks, and moral decay eventually took their toll and the empire slowly began to crumble. This six-part series presents the complete history of Rome, from its primitive beginnings, to the height of its glory and its eventual decline, as well as its legacies today. Filmed in ten countries, Rome: Power & Glory combines location footage of ancient monuments, detailed-re-enactments, period art writings, and insights from scholars and public figures to bring the ancient world to life. Includes extra bonus featurettes. DVD 1: Part 1 - The Rise - This program sorts fact from fiction in the legends surrounding the birth of the mighty Empire. Famous stories and myths come to life including the story of Romulus and Remus. Romes influence spreads throughout the Mediterranean as it grows from a primitive village into a republic based on democracy. Part 2 - Legions of Conquest - The Romans were the most successful warriors in history, rising from an amateur citizens army to develop into the formidable legions that conquered the Western world and beyond. Part 3 - Seduction of Power - From the first peaceful elections to the corruption surrounding bids for total imperial rule, this story about the lust for power is filled with memorable characters, such as Julius Caesar, Augustus and Caligula. DVD 2: Part 4 - Grasp of Empire - Rome built efficient cities and paved roads between them. But such progress came at a price. While Romans initially welcomed their conquered peoples into the Empire, they eventually began enslaving them. Part 5 - The Cult of Order - Rome was once one of historys most tolerant religious societies. But with unrest amongst rulers, the Roman people took solace in what was until then a marginal religious cult-Christianity. When the Emperor Diocletian perceived his subjects beliefs as a threat, he unleashed waves of persecution that left thousands dead. Part 6 - The Fall - The Roman Empire is crumbling. As Romans distract themselves with endless games, their enemies draw nearer and social unrest threatens to reach a boiling point. Emperor Constantine moves the capital east to Constantinople, abandoning the Western Empire. Rome limps along for several more decades, her glory faded, but the civilizations spirit lives on.
Rome: Power & Glory is a six-volume comprehensive introduction to the rise, rule, and fall of the Roman Empire. The series covers the political, military, and social history of the empire from its miraculous engineering feats to the exorbitant taxation that contributed to its downfall. Learn about ancient sporting events and Roman opinions on sex, fashions, slavery, and taxes. The series covers many of Rome's most famous, and in many cases infamous, figures, including Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero, and Caligula. One of the series' main strengths is its coverage of all levels of Roman society, depicting the diverse strata of Roman civilization in all respects: economic, religious, geographic, and such. While providing a good general overview, Rome does not have time to make a detailed study of any one topic. The other disadvantage is a reliance on old gladiator movie footage that detracts from the seriousness of the topic. All in all, this is an excellent visual introduction to the history of the Roman Empire. --Tara ChaceSee all Editorial Reviews
- Contains Six Programs: The Rise, Legion of Conquest, The Seduction of Power, Grasp of Empire, The Cult of Order & The Fall
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It gets to the point, starts at the beginning and ends at the end of Roman history, always stays entertaining, and of course is heavily educational. Extremely recommended buy for anyone interested in Roman history or general fans of documentaries.
Watch the series, then buy a couple books. Absorb everything.
Also Peter Coyote narrates Rome - Power & Glory! No relevant or significant televised historical documentary series is truly complete without him.
Anyone interested in the impact and influence of Rome and a nations decline should watch this excellent presentation.
Some of the content is repeated across episodes as they recap an earlier one (this originally aired on TLC) so even though it is 5 hours total, it is probably closer to 4 hours of unique content.
The narrator is generally good in giving content and the expert sound bites are just long enough, though it would be nice to hear more.
There are very few re-enactments in this series. They have a stock set of actions they re-use in different contexts.
I would definitely recommend this for people to watch.