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"Ancient Assassins" on AHC features elite men from a wide swath of history who were trained to perfection, skilled with a devastating array of weaponry.

Saturday 9:00 PM et/pt on AHC
2 Seasons, 20 Episodes
October 3, 2014
Documentary & Biography
7.2/10
Cast: Max Bracey, Rebecca Faith, Brett Jones
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  • 371 BC. Ancient Greek superpower the Spartan army, confronts the three hundred warriors of the Sacred Band of Thebes.

  • Sir John Hawkwood, a pioneer of psychology and guerilla tactics, threw out the rulebook and won battles using his wits.

  • In the 16th century a collection of 20,000 Germanic mercenaries attempt to breach the walls of Rome so that they can take the Pope hostage.

  • In 1644, Ng Mui gets away from Beijing. Taking shelter in a Shaolin monastery, she is taught their Kung Fu and creates a new form of the martial art.

  • Backed with overwhelming strength, Pagan Vikings contend with King Alfred for power over 9th century England.

  • English King Edward I invades Scotland in 1296 and only William Wallace is ready to stand in his way as he progresses from outlaw to army general.

  • They are the amphibious Roman unit tasked with the impossible. Called Batavians, they led the invasion of ancient Britain in AD43. Discover the story behind a desperate mission deep in enemy territory that may hand the emperor an unlikely victory.

  • A female samurai named Tomoe Gozen is famous for her bravery and fighting skills on the battlefield in 12th-century Japan.

  • When Alexander the Great faces a rebel warlord in an impregnable mountain stronghold, he assigns 300 hand-picked warriors to scale the sheer rock face, at night, without being discovered.

  • Vlad the Impaler, one of the most ruthless and brutal rulers in medieval Europe, inspires the fictional character of Dracula.

  • During the Roman occupation of the Holy Land in the first century, the Sicarii serve as hitmen, working toward the liberation of Judea and the unification of the country.

  • The elite units of the Byzantine Army, the Varangian Guard, served as personal bodyguards to the Byzantine Emperors, and originated primarily from Scandinavia and England. Along with the prowess in combat they wielded highly effective weapons.

  • Spartan youth learn to withstand pain and survive the harshest conditions, a training technique that comes in quite handy during the Battle of Thermopylae.

  • Conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims tears away at 11th-century Persia when Ismailian Hassan-i Sabbah founds the Assassins.

  • In 1562, a young warlord, called Tokugaway Leyasu hires a specialist called Hattori Hanzo to help him free his daughters who are being held hostage in a castle. Through a hard journey, they end up inaugurating a golden era for Japan and the Ninja.

  • Hawaiian Koa were elite warriors in a land dominated by war. They were grand masters of a martial art called Lua- a way to break every bone in an enemy's body. When Captain Cook lands on Hawaii, the Koa warriors greet him in the worst way.

  • Viking long ships roll up to Lindisfarne in 793 and launch a brutal attack on the island's monastery that forever impacts England's history.

  • An elite special forces corps in ancient Germany appears out of the darkness to frighten their enemies.

  • The loyal followers of feudal ruler Asano Naganori avenge his ritual suicide in early 18th-century Japan.

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