Julius Caesar's Rome

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History Channel Presents: Julius Caesar’s RomeJulius Caesar’s Rome, a two-DVD set, carries its audience back to Ancient Rome, a civilization that was born in 753 BCE on the banks of the river Tiber in modern Italy and ended with the fall of Constantinople in modern Turkey in 1453 CE. The first DVD narrates the life of Julius Caesar, Anthony, and Cleopatra. The narration of the life of both Anthony and Cleopatra is too long due to some lousy acting that history lovers should have been spared.

The second DVD starts with the legendary foundation of Rome in 753 BCE and ends with the reign of Justinian, the great emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire in the 6th century CE. The second DVD is an invitation to further explore the glorious past of Rome and its relevance to our western society.

The photography in both DVDs is usually compelling, the interviews with leading archaeologists are most often interesting, and the narration of Joe Mantegna is to-the-point and accessible.

This documentary is available for preview only. Get it at Amazon.com.

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  • gervince

    why can't watch the full version of it instead? :C

  • http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/about/ Vlatko

    Well... it was removed from the video sharing site from where it was originally embedded.

  • Hatsonangel

    its so interesting how the roman people acted and behaved about death. They considered it to be a great thing to be a murderer, though i'm sure they didn't think they were murderers. Our culture today is too grusome for my tastes, but Rome, rome was a dream splattered with blood, of which im not that found of. but that is just my opinon, let rome be what rome was. my question is, What beilefs caused them to become so grusome? What made the kings and priests think that that was ok? It may be a question no one can answer, and thats alright.

  • Devon Griffiths

    I don't think the answer to your question is that mysterious or difficult. Look around at the world the Romans had come from. By comparison, they were not nearly so bloody as most of their neighbours. When Rome began to expand its empire, all Europe was covered in "oppidum" or fortified villages, because warfare among the tribes was so frequent that every little village had to be walled against attacks from other villages. These tribes were quite literally headhunters (Gauls etc). Before Rome was great, they had sacked it violently (Brennus, and the Battle of Allia).

    So, Rome emerged in a very brutal world, and to survive and prosper in that world, it had to be brutal. But it created the unthinkable: a zone of peace and prosperity, where none had ever existed before. It is not as if Rome emerged into a peaceful world and shattered the peace ... far from it ... Rome emerged into a violent world and was able to create islands of stability and peace in it.

  • Glen Dooer

    Coming to USSA over the next good few yrs every empire last about 200 yrs USSA has had their time, which will be next is an open question.

  • likewhat

    If you are interested in this period history, and a fun detailed history of the men in power and the inner-workings of Rome, check out the book series "Masters of Rome". They are AWESOME books!!!!!!!!!

  • John Bossi

    You'll be long dead before my great USA crumbles so you won't get to find out if your prediction come true or not HAHA!!

  • jack

    its not about empires its about civilization continuation. Rome was first a kingdom, then a republic, then an empire then the papacy continued its influence, not really until the rise of Britain did Rome's true influence begin to die out, Britain could no evolve to continue, neither can America, so the true question is, how does America evolve into something beyond an empire of the dollar?