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Ancient Megastructures

Ancient Megastructures is a National Geographic documentary series discovering the secrets of revolutionary structures in ancient megastructures. Certain landmarks have captured the imagination and awe of modern-day architects and engineers around the world as they work to solve the mystery of how their ancient forebears were able to construct such beautiful, timeless and revolutionary structures with none of the machines and materials available to modern engineers. The series explores the full story behind nine magnificent structures that forever changed the landscape of architecture: The Colosseum, The Great Pyramid, Chartres Cathedral, St.Paul's Cathedral, Alhambra, Petra, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat and Hagia Sophia.

The Colosseum
Follow the dramatic story behind the building of the Colosseum in Ancient Rome. The Romans used innovative technology that we still use today, but the money to pay for the project enslaved the nation.

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Colosseum - wikipedia
Built of concrete and stone, it was the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. It is the largest amphitheatre in the world.
Colosseum - A Gladiator's Story
Dramatized film which uses reconstructions, stunt fights and computer-generated images of ancient Rome to tell the story of Verus, a gladiator who fought in the opening games of the Colosseum in AD 80.
Engineering an Empire - Rome
Explore some of the great engineering feats built in the Roman Empire chronologically from Julius Caesar to Caracalla, such as aqueducts, roads, stadiums, palaces and bath complex.

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Ancient Megastructures - The Colosseum
Ancient Megastructures - The Great Pyramid
Ancient Megastructures - Chartres Cathedral
Ancient Megastructures - St Paul's Cathedral
Ancient Megastructures - Alhambra
Ancient Megastructures - Petra
Ancient Megastructures - Machu Picchu
Ancient Megastructures - Angkor Wat
Ancient Megastructures - Istanbul's Hagia Sophia