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They employed a brutality which is staggering by today’s standards. A fresh look at some of the world’s most fascinating, iconic, and truly ruthless leaders, the new series Ancient’s Behaving Badly cuts through the folklore to present an accurate portrait of characters from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, Caligula to Cleopatra. Using the latest historical discoveries, forensic science tests, archaeological finds, analysis of torture instruments, and battlefield dynamics, HISTORY™ sheds light on these leaders and how they really came to power (most killed off family members); how they treated their subjects, friends and family; how they were so successful in keeping their power; the battlefield leadership they demonstrated; and how they achieved such spectacular transformations at home. Expert interviews, on-location shooting, and CGI to help to recreate their environments, and provide stunning reenactments.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoCaligula||This young Roman emperor had a fearsome reputation as a sadist, a murderer...and a raving lunatic.||44:00||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoAttila the Hun||A marauding barbarian with a reputation as one of history's monsters, even today Attila's name is a synonym for savagery.||43:59||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoJulius Caesar||The ruler whose ego was as big as his empire declares himself dictator of Rome for life--turning his allies to enemies in the process.||44:00||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoAlexander the Great||The king of Macedonia considered himself a god; his admirers called him a military genius; his enemies considered him the devil. He used weapons of mass destruction of his day to defeat his enemies. What drove his quest for world domination and led him to massacre tens of thousands, including women and children and members of his own family?||44:00||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoNero||The Roman Emperor Nero, renowned for playing the fiddle whilst Rome burned, was infamous for cruelty, incest and murder.||44:00||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoHannibal||As a child, Hannibal from Carthage, modern-day Tunisia, was forced by his father to make a blood to destroy the Romans. His reputation as one of history's cruelest generals was earned as he ruthlessly slaughtered women and children along with tens of thousands of his own and enemy soldiers in the pursuit of defeating Rome. While he won several major battles, he curiously gave up before marching into Rome.||44:00||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoGenghis Khan||This Mongol destroyer set in motion the conquest of a quarter of the world's population with a body count in the millions.||44:00||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoCleopatra||The infamous Queen of Egypt, known for her legendary powers of seduction, would stop at nothing, even murdering her entire family, to get her own way. Driven by power and ambition, her life was dominated by a heady cocktail of sex and murder.||43:59||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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I never knew Caligula did all of those things. I can't wait to see what comes out next
So far, Caligula and Attila the Hun have been great. History describes pretty well the conditions and elements that drove them to be so evil. I like the short animations too.
Misleading and Error Ridden
Where to start? It is clear that either the producers are just ignorant of the facts or they have an agenda... Comments by reviewers such as "I never knew Caligula did all of those things..." demonstrate the major pitfall of an internet tutored society. Caligula was indeed nasty and he may have done some or all of those things the reviewer refers to, but it is more complicated than that. And they have Julius Caesar all wrong. The two shows I have seen rely on recycled ancient rumor and innuendo and resort only occasionally to fact, or at least that which can be confirmed by multiple and better trusted sources. As example, the claim that Caesar had a homosexual relationship with the king of Bithynia is most very probably wrong and there is not a shed of proof that he had any sexual relationship with a man - only accusations and whispers of it, and some of them from men who later stuck real knives in him on the Ides of March. The real Caesar was indeed a great man and the only reason he is not known as Julius the Great is because there first came Alexander. And we must remember that the word "great" is not synonymous with "good". At any rate, the episodes on Caligula and Julius Caesar are not good history. Folks, all the world's knowledge, past, present and sometimes future, lies fallow in neighborhood libraries all over this country.