The History Channel
#5 – The Invasion of Britain
Original Air Date: August 18, 2008
Synopsis: Under Emperor Claudius, Rome invades Britain to civilize the Celtic barbarians during the 40s A.D.
Impressions: A decent episode with a glaring problem. The people of Britain aren’t Druids. The Druids were the holy people, the religious class. These tribes and the people within them were Celts, and populated what is now Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, and northern France. Being of Irish heritage, I was hoping for a better presentation with this episode.
#6 – The Dacian Wars
Original Air Date: August 25, 2008
Synopsis: Germanic and Dacian tribes revolt in the 80s A.D. as one emperor falls from grace and another rises.
Impressions: Another good episode and the Romans are back dealing with those pesky barbarians. While issues arose in Germany, the bulk of resistance came from Dacia, known today as Romania. More scenes of armies locked in mortal hand-to-hand combat, fire, and blood. These were violent times, and this has turned into a violent series/documentary. I’m enjoying it.
#7 – Rebellion and Betrayal
Original Air Date: September 1, 2008
Synopsis: Outbreaks of plague, barbarian revolts in the Middle East and Germany threaten the empire as Marcus Aurelius comes to power, and his fall sets in motion the fall of Rome.
Impressions: The “philosopher emperor” Marcus Aurelius comes to power in a time of strife as the empire has threats on several fronts. He could lay claim as the “last great Roman Emperor.” We see the sheer size of the empire became too big to secure and cracks appear along the outer regions. Aurelius’ death sets the empire in a state of decline.
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