Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire
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The First Barbarian War

Aired on Aug 29, 200844m

In 113 BC, the Cimbri smash through the northern imperial border to threaten Rome. Gripped by terror, Rome turns to General Marius, who will transform the Roman army and shake the Republic's political foundations to the core.

In 113 BC, the Cimbri smash through the northern imperial border to threaten Rome. Gripped by terror, Rome turns to General Marius, who will transform the Roman army and shake the Republic's political foundations to the core.

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Spartacus

Aired on Oct 06, 200844m

When Roman generals Pompey and Crassus lead their mighty legions of soldiers and mercenaries into the lands surrounding Italy, neither anticipates the turmoil caused by one bold mercenary.

When Roman generals Pompey and Crassus lead their mighty legions of soldiers and mercenaries into the lands surrounding Italy, neither anticipates the turmoil caused by one bold mercenary.

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Julius Caesar

Aired on Oct 13, 200844m

Julius Caesar, desperate for fame and honor, embarks on a brutal decade-long campaign to annex Gaul and build his own reputation. His aristocratic rivals try to stop him, but he is an expert manipulator.

Julius Caesar, desperate for fame and honor, embarks on a brutal decade-long campaign to annex Gaul and build his own reputation. His aristocratic rivals try to stop him, but he is an expert manipulator.

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The Forest of Death

Aired on Oct 20, 200844m

As the Roman Empire expands its reach into what is now Germany, its legions are faced with ferocious Germanic tribesmen.

As the Roman Empire expands its reach into what is now Germany, its legions are faced with ferocious Germanic tribesmen.

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The Invasion of Britain

Aired on Oct 27, 200844m

In 47 AD, the new emperor Claudius is considered by many to be the village idiot. He can only hang onto his throne by waging a spectacular conquest.

In 47 AD, the new emperor Claudius is considered by many to be the village idiot. He can only hang onto his throne by waging a spectacular conquest.

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The Dacian Wars

Aired on Nov 03, 200845m

When Trajan was proclaimed emperor, he set out to rebuild the troubled Roman Empire and lived to see it reach the maximum extent of its power.

When Trajan was proclaimed emperor, he set out to rebuild the troubled Roman Empire and lived to see it reach the maximum extent of its power.

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Rebellion and Betrayal

Aired on Nov 10, 200844m

Marcus Aurelius inherits the empire at its peak. The imperial boundaries stretch from the Irish Sea to the sands of Syria. But the greater Rome grows, the bigger a target it becomes.

Marcus Aurelius inherits the empire at its peak. The imperial boundaries stretch from the Irish Sea to the sands of Syria. But the greater Rome grows, the bigger a target it becomes.

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Wrath of the Gods

Aired on Nov 17, 200844m

In the beginning of the 3rd century, Rome is in crisis. Ravaged by civil war and foreign invasions, it now faces an even greater challenge in the new religion of Christianity.

In the beginning of the 3rd century, Rome is in crisis. Ravaged by civil war and foreign invasions, it now faces an even greater challenge in the new religion of Christianity.

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The Soldier's Emperor

Aired on Nov 24, 200844m

Near the end of the 3rd century, civil war has torn the empire apart and left its borders vulnerable to barbarian invasion. Romans living on the eastern and western frontiers, far from Rome, are left to defend themselves.

Near the end of the 3rd century, civil war has torn the empire apart and left its borders vulnerable to barbarian invasion. Romans living on the eastern and western frontiers, far from Rome, are left to defend themselves.

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Constantine

Aired on Dec 01, 200844m

The civil wars of the 3rd century are finally ended by Emperor Diocletian. In the eastern court and army of this powerful emperor, a young Constantine receives the training of a future leader.

The civil wars of the 3rd century are finally ended by Emperor Diocletian. In the eastern court and army of this powerful emperor, a young Constantine receives the training of a future leader.

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The Barbarian General

Aired on Dec 08, 200844m

By the end of the 4th century, Romans and barbarians live together uneasily, a situation that often explodes into violence. When Emperor Theodosius enlists the Goths as mercenaries, he relies on his trusted general to lead.

By the end of the 4th century, Romans and barbarians live together uneasily, a situation that often explodes into violence. When Emperor Theodosius enlists the Goths as mercenaries, he relies on his trusted general to lead.

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The Puppet Master

Aired on Dec 15, 200844m

In 450 AD, Rome is a mere shadow of its former self. Roman rulers are at the mercy of their barbarian invaders, offering them power and territory in exchange for peace.

In 450 AD, Rome is a mere shadow of its former self. Roman rulers are at the mercy of their barbarian invaders, offering them power and territory in exchange for peace.

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Last Emperor

Aired on Dec 22, 200844m

In the middle of the 5th century, as the Empire fights a losing battle against its formidable barbarian opponents, one Roman named Orestes finds service in the court of Attila the Hun.

In the middle of the 5th century, as the Empire fights a losing battle against its formidable barbarian opponents, one Roman named Orestes finds service in the court of Attila the Hun.