Secrets of the Dead: Lost Ships of Rome
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What you are getting here is a documentary about a five day expedition to study a number of sunken Roman Empire era ships that were discovered near a small island off Naples. As such you are getting a bit of a history lesson, you are getting some archaeology and you are also getting some interesting dive action (as well as some discussion of ancient recipes!). The whole documentary slots in at just under 60 minutes and the narration is not overblown in its attempts to dramatize the action.
Overall it was nice to see the way that the above different aspects were woven into one show. It was nice in a way to see that the expedition had some successes as well as some challenges. There is no 'Disney' ending to everything here and some failure is experienced. One is left with a fascination for the ancients, a respect for the divers and probably a thirst to learn more about some of the subjects touched upon - such as the role of some of the important women of Rome.
I guess the main issue here is that with so many things thrown into the mix you aren't really getting a lot of the history, nor are you getting right into the nitty gritty of the archaeology and nor are you getting into the technical aspects of the diving.
A nice diversion for any diver or history buff. And if you are both then you'll probably rate this offering around the four star mark.
As a scholar of ancient Greece & Rome, I found this documentary fascinating. However I think that anyone interested in underwater archaeology, Roman civilization, or history in general would find this documentary quite entertaining whether you know anything about the subjects at hand or not. Check it out!
It would have been nice if they could have explored the shipwrecks more extensively, I wish they had had more footage and more in-depth coverage of what they found. I like the narrator's voice, the film was clear and straightforward, and I liked how they made garum and tasted it.
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