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Ancients Behaving Badly recounts the misdeeds of some of ancient history's most devious figures. Watch it, and see how rulers of empires gone by used subterfuge and lies to grab power at all costs. Some failed. Some succeeded. All behaved in ways of which they should have been ashamed.

History Channel
1 Season, 8 Episodes
November 6, 2009
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Darius Arya, David Mallott, Tom McCamus, Mike Ibeji
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  • Cleopatra, the infamous Queen of Egypt, was known for her legendary powers of seduction. Cleopatra was driven by power and ambition and her life was dominated by sex and murder, including murdering her entire family to get her own way.

  • Genghis Khan, the Mongolian destroyer, set in motion the conquest of a quarter of the world's population with a body count in the millions.

  • Hannibal is one of history's cruelest generals because he ruthlessly slaughtered women and children along with tens of thousands of his own and enemy soldiers in the pursuit of defeating Rome. Although he won several major battles, he curiously gave up before marching into Rome.

  • The Roman Emperor Nero, famous for playing the fiddle while Rome burned, was also well known for cruelty, incest and murder.

  • Alexander the Great was the king of Macedonia. He considered himself a god, while his enemies considered him the devil. He was a military genius and used weapons of mass destruction of his day to defeat his enemies.

  • The ruler whose ego was as big as his empire declares himself dictator of Rome for life--turning his allies to enemies in the process.

  • Attila the Hun was a marauding barbarian with a reputation as one of history's monsters, even today Attila's name is a synonym for savagery.

  • Caligula was a young Roman emperor with a fearsome reputation as a sadist, a murderer, and a raving lunatic.

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