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Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire

Synopsis
Documentary series using dramatic reconstructions and computer graphics to tell the story of the rise and fall of ancient Rome, focussing on six key turning points in Roman history. Based on extensive historical research, it reveals how the greed, lust and ambition of men like Caesar, Nero and Constantine shaped the Roman Empire. It describes how Rome destroyed Carthage, was conquered by Caesar, how it suppressed the Jewish revolt, and converted to Christianity. Cambridge Classics Professor Mary Beard advised on the series.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2006
Year of production
2006
Notes
Broadcast in 6 parts on BBC1 beginning 21/9/2006
Documentation
A book of the same title by Simon Baker accompanies the series
Subjects
Classical studies; History
Keywords
ancient civilisations; Roman Empire; Roman Empire - drama; dramatised documentary films

Credits

Director
Nick Murphy
Producer
Mark Hedgecoe
Writer
Nick Murphy
Contributor
Mary Beard
Cast
David Threlfall 
James D’Arcy 
Michael Sheen 
Peter Firth 
Sean Pertwee 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
360 minutes
Year
2006

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

2 Entertain Video

Email
DVDenquiryline@bbc.com
Web
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Phone
020 7612 3000
Fax
020 7612 3003
Address
BBC Worldwide
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL
Notes
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Name

BBC Shop

Email
bbcshop@bbc.co.uk
Web
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Phone
0844 848 9799
Fax
01795 414 555
Address
PO Box 308
Sittingbourne
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Notes
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