Engineering an Empire

Rome: Engineering an Empire. One of the most powerful civilizations in history, the Roman Empire ruled the world for more than five centuries. Although renowned for its military prowess, Rome's real power stemmed from its unprecedented mastery of urban planning and engineering. This film chronicles Rome's spectacular structural history from the rise of Julius Caesar in 55 BC to the Empire's eventual collapse in c. 537 AD. Each of Rome's legendary rulers left their mark on the city - some stately, some sordid - and their collective ambition caused a surge of innovation and ingenuity that led to Rome's glorious ascendance. It examines the planning and construction of the city's greatest masterpieces, including the awe-inspiring Colosseum and its mysterious subterranean aqueducts, and piece together Rome's magnificent past through its architectural triumphs.

Episode 01 - Rome

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Ancient Rome - wikipedia
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Episode 01 - Rome
Episode 02 - Egypt
Episode 03 - Greece
Episode 04 - Greece: Age of Alexander
Episode 05 - The Aztecs
Episode 06 - Carthage
Episode 07 - The Maya: Death Empire
Episode 08 - Russia
Episode 09 - Britain: Blood and Steel
Episode 10 - The Persians
Episode 11 - China
Episode 12 - Napoleon: Steel Monster
Episode 13 - The Byzantines
Episode 14 - Da Vinci's World