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Rome: Power & Glory DVD Collection
History, achievement and a legacy of treasures
As seen on The Learning Channel, narrated by Peter Coyote.
6 HOURS 6 DVD'S
Disc #1: The Rise - The stage is set for a grand epic of war and conquest. The Rise first sorts fact from fiction in the legends surrounding the birth of the mighty Empire. Famous stories and myths come to life: Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers whose violent battles led to the city's founding; the Romans' rebellion against their Etruscan rulers; and Rome's rape of the Sabine women. This is also the story of the city as its influence spreads throughout the Mediterranean and it grows from a primitive village into the republic based upon the most formidable system the Western world has ever known: democracy.
Disc #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, including Scipio's defeat of Hannibal's army and Julius Caesar's march on Rome. This is also the story of how fighting within the ranks, and expansion, proved to be the military's undoing.
Disc #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. Julius Caesar makes a bid for lifetime power and provokes his own brutal assassination. Ocatavian takes the name Augustus and declares himself the first Emperor of Rome. Caligula proclaims his ultimate devotion...to his horse! This program traces the wantonness, madness and treachery that ultimately permeated the leadership of Rome.
Disc #4: Grasp of Empire - Rome appropriated the best that the civilizations it ruled over had to offer, and spread its culture throughout the West. Efficient cities were built and paved roads were laid down between them. But such progress came at a price. While Romans initially welcomed their conquered peoples into the Empire, they eventually began enslaving them. By the 1st Century, A.D., one in three Romans was a slave. Taxes grew unbearable for the common man and the gap between rich and poor widened. The seeds were being sown for Rome's eventual fall.
Disc #5: The Cult of Order - Rome was once one of history's most tolerant societies, welcoming bull worshippers from Iran, fertility sects from Egypt and rain god worshippers from Germany. 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. This violence ironically resulted in martyrdoms that only fueled Christianity's growth.
Disc #6: The Fall - Eccentric rulers, crippling taxes, rampant poverty and weakening borders are gradually diminishing the Empire's integrity. 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 civilization's spirit lives on; Rome's achievements have inspired countless generations in the centuries since her fall.