The roman empire. Seduction of power


Channel: Manuel Bøttini
Duration: 52:8
Description: Rome seemed to own the world. Her empire stretched from Scotland to the Sahara. Her army controlled three continents. Fifty million people lived under her laws. Rome’s Empire was the greatest political prize the world had ever seen. “Seduction of Power” is the story of those who would do anything to win it. The same political system that had created the magnificent monuments of the Roman Empire, the Pantheon, the Coliseum, the Forum and provided “bread and circuses” for all, would prove a breeding ground fo self-interest, assassination and civil wars. The same highly-disciplined Legions that had conquered an area of more than two million square miles would desolve into warring factions, be turned against Rome’s own citizenry and in the end, prove unable to maintain the expanse of its conquests.
Published: February 27, 2019 3:36 am

Battle of Alesia (September, 52 BC)


Channel: oceanospotamos
Duration: 9:46
Description: The Battle of Alesia or Siege of Alesia took place in September, 52 BC around the Gallic oppidum of Alesia, a major town centre and hill fort of the Mandubii tribe.
It was fought by the army of the Roman Republic commanded by Julius Caesar, aided by cavalry commanders Mark Antony, Titus Labienus and Gaius Trebonius, against a confederation of Gallic tribes united under the leadership of Vercingetorix of the Averni, and was the last major engagement between Gauls and Romans, marking the turning point of the Gallic Wars in favour of Rome.
The siege of Alesia is considered one of Caesar’s greatest military achievements, and is still one of the classic examples of siege warfare and circumvallation.
It was situated probably atop Mont Auxois, above modern Alise-Sainte-Reine in France, but this location—some have argued—does not fit Caesar’s description of the battle.
A number of alternatives have been proposed over time, among which only Chaux-des-Crotenay (in Jura in modern France) remains a challenger today.
At one point in the battle the Romans were outnumbered by the Gauls by five to one.
The event is described by several contemporary authors, including Caesar himself in his Commentarii de Bello Gallico.
After the Roman victory, Gaul (very roughly modern France) was subdued and became a Roman province.
The refusal of the Roman senate to allow Caesar the honour of a triumph for his victory in the Gallic Wars eventually led, in part, to the Roman Civil War which start in 49 and finished in 45 BC.
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Published: October 19, 2008 3:44 pm

Ancient Rome recreated by computers


Channel: AP Archive
Duration: 5:49
Description:  Rome, Italy – June 2007
1. Wide of Roman forum, pan of arch of Septimius Severus to columns of Temple of Saturn
2. Mid of angel on arch of Septimius Severus
3. Virtual simulation of ancient Rome, showing bas-relief of angel on arch of Septimius Severus
4. Moves through arch onto Via Sacra past Basilica Emilia
5. Wide of tourists walking through columns
7. Rome reborn simulation looking across Roman Forum
8. Mid of Rome reborn simulation Roman Senate building
9. Mid of Rome reborn simulations of Votive Columns
10. Mid of tourists walking
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Professor Bernard Frisher, Director Rome Reborn Project
“Rome Reborn is an international project that we started in 1996 to make a 3D computer model of the entire city of Ancient Rome within the Aurelian walls. The goal is to illustrate the entire sweep of Roman urban history from the late bronze age, when we get the first settlements in the city, about 1000 B.C., to 552 A.D., or the end of the gothic wars, when the city was pretty much depopulated and terribly destroyed, and the medieval period begins.”
12. Rome Reborn simulation top view of Ancient Rome moving from Circus Maximus to Coliseums
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Professor Bernard Frisher, Director Rome Reborn Project
“Once we have the model, since it is a digital product it could be re-purposed in any number of ways. It could be used as an asset in a TV program or in a movie and it has been, we have licensed the Coliseum and so on. Kids love this kind of thing. We have a 3D theatre at UCLA where I was for 30 years and now at the University of Virginia. School-children come all the time and we think that in the 21st century school kids are going to learn their history by taking virtual tours of places like ancient Rome or athens, Jerusalem, Machu Pichu, and not just reading about these places in books.”
14. Various of Coliseum and traffic
15. Tilt up from traffic to coliseum
16. Mid of Rome Reborn Simulation of Coliseum, moves inside coliseum
17. Mid of two women walking towards Arch of Constantine
18. SOUNDBITE: (English), Joel Myers, CEO Virtuality Rome Rewind
“Once the audience gets into ancient Rome they will be involved in various sorts of activities, everything from being involved in a debate at the Senate house, very raucous affair, a bit like today’s senates and parliaments, they will be wandering around the forum, and they will get to know what is going on there, and they will end up in the Coliseum, obviously a great day at the games and a lot of excitement and the feel that you are actually there.”
19. Trailer for “Rewind Rome” showing little boy putting on glassed to look at virtual reality of ancient roman gladiators in Coliseum
20. SOUNDBITE: (English), Joel Myers, CEO Virtuality, Rome Rewind
“What we want the audience to feel is that when they have come out of this experience, it is not as if there were told what ancient Rome was like, they felt as if they were there, they felt as if they had experienced it. Now this not only makes if more exciting, and hopefully they will go on to learn a lot more about what ancient Rome was about, they will have seen a lot and hopefully subconsciously have taken in a lot of information, but they are actually next to the theme park of today. We are in ancient Rome as you walk around, but the problem is it is very difficult to understand what was going on as you walk around the Roman Forum of the Coliseum. So, when you are walking around a place like the forum it is a very beautiful walk in the park, an archaeological park, but you really need to understand what each area was about and get the feeling of what it was like 2000 years ago.”
Published: July 21, 2015 1:33 pm

Technology and Revolution in Roman Architecture


Channel: YaleCourses
Duration: 1:10:49
Description: Roman Architecture (HSAR 252) Professor Kleiner discusses the revolution in Roman architecture resulting from the widespread adoption of concrete in the late second and first centuries B.C. She contrasts what she calls innovative Roman architecture with the more traditional buildings already surveyed and documents a shift from the use of concrete for practical purposes to an exploration of its expressive possibilities. The lecture concludes with a discussion of the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia at Palestrina, an impressive terraced complex that uses concrete to transform a mountain into a work of architecture, with ramps and stairs leading from one level to the next and porticoes revealing panoramic views of nature and of man-made architectural forms.
00:00 – Chapter 1. Roman Concrete and the Revolution in Roman Architecture
13:26 – Chapter 2. The First Experiments in Roman Concrete Construction
25:11 – Chapter 3. Sanctuaries and the Expressive Potential of Roman Concrete Construction
41:28 – Chapter 4. Innovations in Concrete at Rome: The Tabularium and The Theater of Marcellus
56:56 – Chapter 5. Concrete Transforms a Mountain at Palestrina
Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:
This course was recorded in Spring 2009.
Published: September 14, 2009 10:56 pm

Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire: The Last Emperor


Channel: Melan Mendo
Duration: 37:24
Description: Follow the most dramatic Roman characters as they led an empire slowly sliding to its own destruction, and the Barbarian leaders who brought about that destruction. We vividly create the living environment of the time: teeming Roman streets, struggling armies, gladiators, Roman excesses and debauchery, the camps and villages of the barbarians and the deeply human struggle of outsiders to conquer and the Romans to survive.
Published: July 26, 2015 1:17 pm

Murder in Rome 81 BC


Channel: Dr Alan Brown
Duration: 49:4
Description: This excellent ancient history film follows the course of a remarkable legal case which made the name of Marcus Tullius Cicero, yet might easily have destroyed his career forever. The film is unmonetised and uploaded for educational purposes only. Any advertising that appears is beyond my control.
Published: January 21, 2019 9:28 pm