Engineering an Empire
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Greece

Aired on Oct 16, 200643m

The Ancient Greeks laid a foundation that has supported nearly 3000 years of European history, including philosophers, Olympian gods, the beginnings of democracy, and great conquering armies.

The Ancient Greeks laid a foundation that has supported nearly 3000 years of European history, including philosophers, Olympian gods, the beginnings of democracy, and great conquering armies.

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Greece: Age of Alexander

Aired on Oct 23, 200644m

The Ancient Greeks laid a foundation that has supported nearly 3000 years of European history, from philosophers and Olympian gods to great conquering armies and the beginnings of democracy.

The Ancient Greeks laid a foundation that has supported nearly 3000 years of European history, from philosophers and Olympian gods to great conquering armies and the beginnings of democracy.

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The Aztecs

Aired on Oct 30, 200644m

In less than 200 years, the Aztecs used military campaigns and technology to transform themselves from a band of wandering nomads to the greatest civilization the New World had ever known.

In less than 200 years, the Aztecs used military campaigns and technology to transform themselves from a band of wandering nomads to the greatest civilization the New World had ever known.

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Carthage

Aired on Nov 06, 200642m

Carthage, a remarkable city-state that dominated the Mediterranean for over 600 years, harnessed its extensive resources to develop some of the ancient world's groundbreaking technology.

Carthage, a remarkable city-state that dominated the Mediterranean for over 600 years, harnessed its extensive resources to develop some of the ancient world's groundbreaking technology.

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The Maya: Death Empire

Aired on Nov 13, 200644m

What began as a modest population of hunters and gatherers expanded into more than forty flourishing city-states. Where did the Maya come from and what catastrophes caused the collapse of this innovative civilization?

What began as a modest population of hunters and gatherers expanded into more than forty flourishing city-states. Where did the Maya come from and what catastrophes caused the collapse of this innovative civilization?

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Russia

Aired on Nov 20, 200644m

At the height of its power, the Russian Empire stretched across 15 time zones and made up one sixth of the entire world's landmass. But the empire's infrastructure was built at an enormous price.

At the height of its power, the Russian Empire stretched across 15 time zones and made up one sixth of the entire world's landmass. But the empire's infrastructure was built at an enormous price.

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Britain: Blood and Steel

Aired on Nov 27, 200644m

At its peak, the British Empire covered one quarter of the Earth's land mass. Through the centuries, the rulers of this enormous powerhouse used extraordinary engineering feats to become an industrial and military titan.

At its peak, the British Empire covered one quarter of the Earth's land mass. Through the centuries, the rulers of this enormous powerhouse used extraordinary engineering feats to become an industrial and military titan.

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The Persians

Aired on Dec 04, 200644m

Religious and cultural tolerance was a hallmark of Persian rule, but the rivalry between Persia and Athens led to a 30-year conflict that shaped the world we live in today.

Religious and cultural tolerance was a hallmark of Persian rule, but the rivalry between Persia and Athens led to a 30-year conflict that shaped the world we live in today.

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China

Aired on Dec 11, 200643m

China's emperors mobilized peasant armies to accomplish engineering feats unparalleled in human history, only to be consumed by vanity and greed, then stripped of power by the people it had ruled.

China's emperors mobilized peasant armies to accomplish engineering feats unparalleled in human history, only to be consumed by vanity and greed, then stripped of power by the people it had ruled.

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Napoleon: Steel Monster

Aired on Dec 18, 200644m

Centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, France stood on the edge of utter disaster. From the ashes emerged one of the greatest military strategists in history: Napoleon.

Centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, France stood on the edge of utter disaster. From the ashes emerged one of the greatest military strategists in history: Napoleon.

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The Byzantines

Aired on Dec 25, 200644m

With ruthless might and supreme ingenuity, the Byzantines ruled over vast swaths of Europe and Asia for more than a thousand years. Learn how the engineering feats of this great empire eventually betrayed it.

With ruthless might and supreme ingenuity, the Byzantines ruled over vast swaths of Europe and Asia for more than a thousand years. Learn how the engineering feats of this great empire eventually betrayed it.

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Da Vinci's World

Aired on Jan 08, 200744m

The masters best known for creating the works of art and architecture of the Renaissance were also the greatest military and civil engineers of their time.

The masters best known for creating the works of art and architecture of the Renaissance were also the greatest military and civil engineers of their time.