Rome: Rise & Fall of an Empire (2008) Disc 2 Review

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Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire

Complete Series

The History Channel

Disc 1

Disc 2

 

#5The 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.

Rating: 3/5

 

#6The 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.

Rating: 4/5

 

#7Rebellion 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.

Rating: 4/5

Copyright © Drew Martin 2017

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