The Roman Empire and Beyond

The Roman Empire and Beyond

DVD - 2012
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Explore ancient Rome, the magnificence of Sicily and Pompeii, the ruins of the Roman Empire in Europe and Africa, and its influence throughout the region. Includes state-of-the-art computer graphics, spectacular on-location photography, and research from the world's leading archaeologists. Originally aired on The History Channel.
Publisher: Port Washington, NY : E one, 2012.
Edition: Full screen.
ISBN: 9781417237920
Branch Call Number: 937 ROM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (225 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 13, 2013

At times, this feels like a travel guide rather than archaeology. The tone is superficial and uncritical - sometimes, it almost feels like cheerleading for the Roman Empire. The sequence is also haphazard, jumping backward and forward in time and place, with no attempt at any overall evolution. All that said, some of the segments go to places rarely covered, like the coast of Libya. The camera work is uneven (at one point, there was clearly a smudge on the lens), but still there is also some nice work in a few spots despite the reused elements.

Oct 27, 2012

Like the collection of Egyptian centred docs in the Secrets of Archaeology series before it, this collection of documentaries with a Roman theme looking at various aspects of the era touches on various aspects of the Empire. It is hampered, somewhat, by feeling too rushed. The documentaries are all under a half hour, and the material deserves more time.

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