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Eight Days That Made Rome

  • 2017
  • Season 1
  • 8 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

Award-winning historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes presents a new landmark history of ancient Rome. Across the series Hughes explores eight key days that she believes define the Roman Empire and help us to understand its remarkable success.

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Episode 1: Hannibal's Last Stand

Summary

Bettany Hughes recalls eight pivotal days that defined the Roman Empire and its establishment as the world's first superpower. She begins by exploring the day in 202BC when Rome defeated the might of Carthage under Hannibal at the Battle of Zama in modern-day Tunisia. This was a decisive moment, setting Rome on the path to greatness and exemplifying the military muscle and supreme ambition on which its empire would be built. Dramatisations featuring Adam Levy, James Sutton and Paul Brennen bring the key moments to life.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Bettany Hughes is blunt as she explores the eight key moments in the history of ancient Rome. “The Romans weren’t people like us, just in togas. They were primitive and deeply suspicious.” And by the time she’s finished what looks like a very hot tour of Rome and southern Spain, you’ll understand what she means.

This first episode covers the defeat of the army of the great Carthaginian general Hannibal by Roman upstart Scipio in 202 BC. Hannibal’s hordes had ravaged Italy in the years beforehand, until the wily Scipio drew them back to north Africa and the killing plains of Zama. The victory consolidated Rome’s position as the new bully boys on the block: recent discoveries in Andalucia reveal just how ruthless they were in their expansionist ambitions.

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  • Episode 1

    Hannibal's Last Stand

    Summary

    Bettany Hughes recalls eight pivotal days that defined the Roman Empire and its establishment as the world's first superpower. She begins by exploring the day in 202BC when Rome defeated the might of Carthage under Hannibal at the Battle of Zama in modern-day Tunisia. This was a decisive moment, setting Rome on the path to greatness and exemplifying the military muscle and supreme ambition on which its empire would be built. Dramatisations featuring Adam Levy, James Sutton and Paul Brennen bring the key moments to life.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Bettany Hughes is blunt as she explores the eight key moments in the history of ancient Rome. “The Romans weren’t people like us, just in togas. They were primitive and deeply suspicious.” And by the time she’s finished what looks like a very hot tour of Rome and southern Spain, you’ll understand what she means.

    This first episode covers the defeat of the army of the great Carthaginian general Hannibal by Roman upstart Scipio in 202 BC. Hannibal’s hordes had ravaged Italy in the years beforehand, until the wily Scipio drew them back to north Africa and the killing plains of Zama. The victory consolidated Rome’s position as the new bully boys on the block: recent discoveries in Andalucia reveal just how ruthless they were in their expansionist ambitions.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterBettany Hughes

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerAdam Bullmore
    Executive producerMatt Robins
    Series producerJohnny Crockett
    Series producerJim Greayer
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