The Roman Empire in the First CenturyClosed Captioning
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Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the first century, the ancient world was ruled by Rome. The Roman Empire struggled with problems that are surprisingly familiar: violent coups, assassination, overarching ambition, civil war, clashes between the classes as well as the sexes and questions of personal freedom versus government control. But from the chaos, the Roman Empire would emerge stronger and more dazzling than ever before. Soon, it would stretch from Britain across Europe to the shores of North Africa; from Spain across Greece and the Middle East to the borders of Asia. It would embrace hundreds of languages and religions and plow its many cultures into a rich soil from which Western civilization would grow. Rome would become the world's first and most enduring superpower. Through the experiences, memories and writings of the people who lived it, this series tells the story of that time -- the emperors and slaves, poets and plebeians, who wrested order from chaos, built the most cosmopolitan society the world had ever seen and shaped the Roman empire in the first century.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoOrder from Chaos||Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the first century, the ancient world was ruled by Rome. And the Roman Empire was in turmoil. Civil war had engulfed the empire’s capital city. Dictators seized power. The Roman future looked bleak. But under the leadership of Caesar Augustus, the Roman Empire would survive the chaos and rise stronger and more dazzling than ever before. Within a few short years, it would stretch from Britain, across Europe, to Southern Egypt; from North Africa, around the Mediterranean to the Middle East. It would embrace hundreds of languages and religions and would till those diverse cultures into a rich soil from which Western Civilization would grow. Rome would become the world’s first – and most enduring – superpower, spanning continents and epochs. Episode I describes the astonishing rise of Rome; and the astonishing characters -- both famous and uncelebrated -- that fueled its ascendance. Most notably, Caesar Augustus. Born in times of crisis and raised amid civil war, Augustus came to personify the people he led. He was contradictory: at once capable of brutal violence and tender compassion. He was charismatic: Augustus forged the image of Roman grandeur that endures to this day. And he was enormously popular. But those that ran afoul of Augustus often faced tragic consequences: his rivals Marc Antony and Cleopatra; the love poet, Ovid; even his own daughter, Julia. The story of Augustan Rome is the story of greatness at a price.||54:39||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoYears of Trial||In the year 14, Caesar Augustus died and the empire stood at a crossroad. Would Rome continue the course set by its first emperor… or would it fall into civil war? The tense period immediately following the death of Augustus brought a brutal army mutiny and intense political intrigue. A reluctant new emperor quickly inhabited the imperial palace and stability eventually prevailed. The new emperor was called Tiberius. He was Augustus' step-son and he was a dour, middle-aged man with limited vision. At first, Tiberius struggled to live up to his predecessor. But he quickly abandoned the effort. Tiberius' ultimate decline from ascetic ruler to reclusive despot ushered in one of the most notorious rulers of the ancient world: Caligula. As fear and conspiracy descended on Rome, crisis spread to the provinces. In Judea, modern-day Israel, a charismatic religious leader named Jesus challenged the religious and political establishment. The local furor barely touched Rome, but the legacy of Jesus would one day engulf the empire itself.||55:14||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoWinds of Change||In this episode, Claudius, the most unlikely member of the imperial family, becomes one of the greatest emperors of the Roman Empire…only to fall victim to a brutally ambitious wife. A principled philosopher named Seneca finds himself compromised as tutor to the erratic young Emperor Nero. In Britain, a warrior queen named Boudicca battles Roman legions…and from Judea, a revolutionary named Paul begins spreading the words of Jesus across Roman lands. Back in the capital, Nero's disastrous rule shakes the empire to its foundation. Rome nearly burns to the ground. The empire is on the edge of disaster.||55:28||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoYears of Eruption||With Nero's death, the dynasty of Augustus comes to an end. Once again, the Empire faces an uncertain future. Rival generals fight for supremacy in the streets of Rome. A new dynasty brings another tyrant to the throne, and Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying Pompeii and thousands of people beneath a torrent of ash and mud. A teenager called Pliny the Younger survives the disaster and records the night of terror. But the Empire weathers the traumas. As the first century draws to a close, the Emperor Trajan sets the course for generations to come…and projects the collective voice of ancient Rome across the ages.||55:41||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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This is truly an incredible series to watch and learn about one of histories greatest empires. If you enjoy history, the characters that shaped it and the dynamics involved as the empire shifted under different rulers than you must watch this series.
Order from chaos
I watched this with my 11 year old daughter going by the rating. I was appalled to see the adult scenes that are shown in the form of paintings. The adults are shown basically having sex. I had to fast forward through the scenes. The content of the poetry narrated is not any better. I would not have bought this if you had rated this program appropriately. It should be rated "R" or NC-17. This is definitely material one has to watch first before it is watched as a family.
This is a great series. Well researched, written and cut together. I wish they had made more than 4 episodes.