A stadium for 50,000. An architectural marvel 2000 years old. Here, stars were made. Lives were ended. Rome's glory was revealed but so was its ugly heart. From the archaeological evidence, and an eyewitness account we reconstruct when the Colosseum first opened its doors through beast fights, executions, and a legendary duel. It was glorious, brutal, ingenious, spectacular; terrifying. The Colosseum was Rome.
National Geographic's groundbreaking 8-part series reveals ancient Rome's hidden treasures and untold stories as never before. From iconic figures including Caligula, Caesar and Constantine, to epic events such as the eruption of Vesuvius, the invasion of Britain, and fall of Rome, When Rome Ruled reveals a startling up-to-date vision of the ancient empire and challenges our perception of what we know about the Romans and their lives. New discoveries about the Roman gladiators, Pompeii doomsday, and Caesar's assassination provide fresh insights into the empire that not only influenced Western civilization, but created it.
Rome was the largest empire, the mightiest military force, the most advanced civilization on earth. But most of all, it was a place: a city. Though only traces remain, and most of its ruins lie buried beneath modern streets. Written here, in stone, is the story of the ancient Romans.
Follow Julius Caesars meteoric rise to power and his historic murder. His life was marked by tyranny and treachery, grand public gestures and secret double dealings, but his genius, ego and ambitions changed the course of the history of the Greco-Roman world.
This is the story of a disaster like no other. When Mount Vesuvius erupted, it rained 8 million tons of debris onto Pompeii it sealed the fate of more than a thousand people. But it also sealed the city form the world: preserved it, protected it, like nowhere else on earth, the rediscovered Pompeii gives us access to the ancient world. And now, with new findings and new insights, we can tell the story of the ordinary people caught up in this disaster. These are the forgotten men and women who lived when Rome ruled….and were buried when the volcano blew.
He was demonized by ancient sources and portrayed throughout history as a cruel madman, but was Emperor Caligula really insane or just the product of a mad world? He inherited a vast empire, unimaginable wealth and the love of his people, but Caligulas reign descended into paranoia, depravity and full-blown insanity. Dramatic re-enactments and expert testimony from a forensic psychologist ask whether there could be a medical explanation behind this terrifying mind.
We all know the dinosaurs and their legendary prehistoric reign, but what about the ancient crocodilian behemoths that lived beside them and ate them as snacks? Five ancient crocs, including one with teeth like boar tusks and another with a snout like a ducks bill, surface in the Sahara. The five fossil crocs, nicknamed BoarCroc, RatCroc, Pancake Croc, DuckCroc and DogCroc (three of them newly named species), are the bizarre remains of creatures that inhabited the southern land mass known as Gondwana some 100 million years ago, swimming and galloping across present-day Niger and Morocco when broad rivers coursed over lush plains and dinosaurs ruled. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno and his team unearth the strange crocs in a series of expeditions beginning in 2000 in the Sahara. Many of the fossils are found lying on the surface of a remote, windswept stretch of rock and dunes.
Aquatic animals have the advantage in their environment. And when you enter it, or try to take these creatures out of it, you run some risks. When Fish Attack offers you an in-depth look at some of the most unexpected underwater encounters caught on camera. Travel the world to meet the people who have lived to tell these tales. Each story includes footage of the actual events captured in the field. Experts provide analyses of what happened and high-end CGI fills in the gaps A blue marlin turns the tables on a fisherman, a shark breaks into a cage, and a leaping fish critically injures a kayaker.