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Terry Jones' Barbarians

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So you think you know everything about the Romans?
Monty Python’s Terry Jones invites you on an entertaining expedition through Roman history from an entirely different perspective – that of the Barbarians. Far from the uncivilized savages they have been believed to be, many of these "non-Romans" were not barbaric at all. They were, in fact, highly organized and intelligent societies that had no intentions of overthrowing Rome or its Empire. A rare blend of scholarly research and archaeological evidence along with Jones’ familiar brand of irreverent humor gives this fascinating series a unique insight into the Barbarians, the Romans and the creation of the modern world.

Includes the episodes:
(Disc One) The Primitive Celts – The Brainy Barbarians
(Disc Two) The Savage Goths – The End of the World


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Product Details

  • Actors: Terry Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 205 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WVPXAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,534 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Terry Jones' Barbarians" on IMDb

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By F. Scalfano on April 15, 2008
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Of course, a television program, which is what this was before it was made into a DVD, is never going to have the kind of detail and cogency of a book. The book which was made for the series (or is it the other way round?) contains a lot more information, and documentation of the propositions made by the author regarding the short-comings of Roman civilization. My review of the DVD is colored by the fact that I read the book before seeing the DVD, but this does not really invalidate my criticisms since reading the book has given me (at least I hope) a more complete picture of what Mr. Jones was trying to say in the video.

Much of what the author says regarding the European barbarians (Goths, Vandals, and Celts) is not new, and has been known for much of the last two centuries. The kind of pro-Roman chauvinism to which Mr. Jones is so opposed largely went out with Edward Gibbon in the 18th century. It may be that they were still teaching Gibbon when he was going to school. After all, he is kind of old. I remember when I was in college having a professor who actually believed that the Roman fleet used galley slaves, as was portrayed in Ben Hur. I tried to explain to him that even Mommsen, back in the 19th century, knew that was not the case, but he just accused me of being credulous. I digress.

Still, there is a lot of very interesting new archaeological information presented in the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. I would recommend it to anyone interested in history of the period, with the caveat that Mr. Jones really has it in for the Romans, and he tends to stack the deck against them. I suspect he is descended from Boudicca, or at the very least was bullied by a classicist in school.
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Koch Vision and BBC presents "TERRY JONES' BARBARIANS" (2007) (205 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) ---Terry Jones' Barbarians is a 4-part TV documentary series first broadcast on BBC 2 in 2006 --- It was presented and written by ex-Python Terry Jones, challenging the received Roman and Roman Catholic notion of the barbarian --- It could be compared to his earlier series Terry Jones' Medieval Lives in that it questions aspects of history that everyone takes for granted --- So you think you know everything about the Romans? They gave us sophisticated road systems, chariots and the modern-day calendar --- And of course they had to contend with barbarian hordes who continually threatened the peace, safety and prosperity of their Empire. Didn't they?

Terence Graham Parry Jones (born 1 February 1942) is a Welsh comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, children's author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host --- He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team --- As a member of the Monty Python troupe, Jones is remembered for his roles as middle-aged women and the bowler-hatted "man in the street" --- He typically wrote sketches in partnership with Palin.

EPISODES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
THE PRIMITIVE CELTS (First broadcast 26th May 2006)
1. Celtic Barbarians
2. Caesar's Gallic Wars

THE SAVAGE GOTHS (First broadcast 2nd June 2006)
1. Arminius
2. Dacian Wars
3. Alaric I's sack of Rome

THE BRAINY BARBARIANS (First broadcast 9th June 2006)
Jones argues that the ancient Greeks and Persians were in reality far from the Roman view of them as effeminate and addicted to luxury.
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So you think all that barbarians did was "slay, burn, plunder!"? Well, yes, they did their share of it, but there are also other facts about them that Terry Jones delivers with dry humor and enthusiasm. I watched both videos on the same day and couldn't get away from them! Recommended for history buff and anyone else who is curious about those fascinating people.
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Mr. Jones is to be congratuated for a fun, interesting & breezy history lesson about some of the myths about the Folks who finally knocked off the Roman Empire. Altogether its a good introduction about an interesting period of History.
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Terry Jones has a talent for presenting information about European History in an entertaining way, without getting silly. In Barbarians, he exercises this talent more than he did with Medieval Lives. I can recommend this to both High School World History classes and surveys for college.
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Terry Jones adds humor to history lessons. I learned a great deal from this DVD, so I plan on getting more of his documentaries. There is nothing boring and things move along. Very informative and interesting. I recommend this to history fans, and Terry Jones fans.
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The companion book of this series is quite necessary to have more details and clarification. Because, let's face it, it was a really confusing time. The DVD is a must have to visualize all what is said in the book (the Celtic wooden roads or the Trajan's column...).

Maybe not as funny as Medieval lives, by the same authors (Terry Jones and Alan Ereira) but still a very interesting way of telling History.

I confirm that this DVD is indeed Region 1, and the only edition available, which is a strange thing since it's an Oxford film and television production. Maybe there's no market in Europe. Why not a region free DVD? Who knows?
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