Rome Part One: From Village To Late Republic 753BC To 121BC

Rome Part One: From Village To Late Republic 753BC To 121BC
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Rome Part Two: Late Republic To The Fall Of The Roman Empire - 121BC To 476AD
From 121BC onwards, powerful leaders dominated the political fortunes of Rome. Marius - the military reformer, Sulla - the dictator, Cicero - the lawyer, orator and consul, and Julius Caesar who appointed himself dictator in 45BC. When the Roman fleet destroyed the Egyptians at the Battle of Actium, Augustus became…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: The Minoans
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Though it is today a region of Turkey, the coastal area of Anatolia, or Asia Minor, was a thriving center of Greek culture in ancient times. Two cities there especially stand out - one for its connection to a work of literature, one for its connection to a work of…
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There were many interesting and important civilizations in the Mediterranean region in ancient times, but the Mycenaeans were especially fortunate in one way. Their legends and deeds became the subjects of the finest works of literature to be handed down from antiquity - Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and the dramas…
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Voyage back in time to the world of six ancient peoples whose contributions to art, culture, and literature had a great effect on civilization. These are the Minoans, the Mycenaeans, Ancient Arabia, the Phoenicians, and the inhabitants of Thera and Troy. Discover their legendary past from the Minotaur and the…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: Carthage and the Phoenicians
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Archaeological evidence has shown that the Phoenician civilization began to develop around 3000 BC and that it was trading with the Egyptians shortly after that. But it wasn't until about 1200 BC that the Phoenicians began to establish the great commercial empire that has made them celebrated. Their ships, equipped…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Arabia
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Mount Vesuvius erupted almost 2000 years ago. The inhabitants of nearby Pompeii & Herculaneum suffered horrific deaths, before being buried under tonnes of volcanic rock and mud. For centuries their stories were forgotten. Gradually over the last 250 years, their secrets have been unearthed, giving us a remarkable insight into…
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The Lost Tombs of the Thebes
Journey through a maze of private tombs buried in the foothills of Egypt to learn the real heritage of the pharaohs and how people lived 30 centuries ago.