Eight Days That Made Rome

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  • TV-PG
  • 2019
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (318)

Scipio's decisive victory over Hannibal's Carthaginian army at Zama in 202BC effectively ended the Punic Wars and established Rome as the leading power in the western Mediterranean. Bettany Hughes explores the Roman military psyche and the ruthless determination that characterised the empire's establishment.

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The Rebirth of Rome
8. The Rebirth of Rome
December 8, 2017
After more than a century of steady Roman decline, one man restores order to the disintegrating empire, setting it on a new course with Christianity at its heart. Host Bettany Hughes examines the life of Constantine the Great-the last emperor to rule over a united empire-and the day he was baptized in May 337 A.D. Explore ancient Constantinople, the city he founded that would shape the dynamics of the known world, and examine recently discovered traces of Constantine's imperial palace.
Theatre of Death
7. Theatre of Death
December 8, 2017
Bettany Hughes relives opening day at Rome's Colosseum in 80 AD; the lavish arena is a giant new landmark for the world's greatest city where people can revel in bloodthirsty entertainments.
The Downfall of Nero
6. The Downfall of Nero
December 1, 2017
In 54 A.D., Nero succeeded his stepfather Claudius to become the fifth emperor of Rome. What followed was 14 years of vicious, depraved, and cruel behavior that would unite the empire against Nero and, on June 9, 68 A.D., bring a violent end to his rule. Host Bettany Hughes travels the Roman world and examines ancient artifacts to reveal new insights into the most notorious reign in the empire's history. Witness key events in Nero's life that ultimately plunged Rome into a dangerous new phase of its history, an era of soldier-emperors, civil wars, and military coups.
Boudica's Revenge
5. Boudica's Revenge
January 28, 2019
It's 60 A.D. Seventeen years after the invasion of Britannia, Roman forces march into the settlement of the Iceni tribe, flog its queen, and abused her daughters. The attack sparked a retaliatory revolt that came perilously close to ending the Roman occupation of Britain. Host Bettany Hughes retraces the events that led to Boudica's war of annihilation, an onslaught of fire and fury that burnt cities to the ground, left thousands of Romans and native Britons dead, and earned the queen a place in history.
Rome's First Emperor
4. Rome's First Emperor
November 17, 2017
Upon Julius Caesar's death, his 18-year-old great nephew stepped into the delicate balance of power and became Rome's first emperor and a ruthless political operator. The 44-year reign of Octavian, also known as Augustus, was vast and far-reaching, but it may never have happened if it weren't for one critical moment in 32 B.C. Host Bettany Hughes examines the day Octavian ordered the theft of the private will of his archrival Mark Antony and read its contents to Rome's Senate, a massive gamble that would have world-altering ramifications.
Crossing the Rubicon
3. Crossing the Rubicon
November 10, 2017
Rome had defeated her great rival Carthage and overcame a slave revolt led by Spartacus, but these victories came at a price. Army generals who could deliver foreign conquests accumulated enormous amounts of power. Julius Caesar, seeking glory, would challenge the very existence of the republic. Join historian Bettany Hughes in an exploration of the momentous day in 49 B.C. when Caesar crossed the Rubicon River, violated Roman law, and heralded the transformation of the Roman Republic into an empire ruled by a single man.
The Spartacus Revolt
2. The Spartacus Revolt
November 3, 2017
Historian Bettany Hughes travels to Pompeii and Southern Italy to discover the true story of Spartacus. His revolt against the Roman Republic began with his breakout from a gladiatorial prison one day in 73 B.C. Examine how the republic handed emergency powers to one of Rome's most ambitious citizens, Marcus Licinius Crassus, a move that set a dangerous precedent that would come back to haunt them.
Hannibal's Last Stand
1. Hannibal's Last Stand
January 6, 2019
Years after suffering a humiliating defeat to the Carthaginian Empire at the hands of legendary General Hannibal, Rome is determined to seek revenge. The next major battle would take place on the unforgiving deserts of North Africa on October 19, 202 B.C. This single day of combat set Rome on the path to greatness and exemplified the military muscle and ambition of the emerging empire. Join host Bettany Hughes as she examines the archaeological sites and remarkable finds associated with this seminal day in Rome's rise.
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Scipio's decisive victory over Hannibal's Carthaginian army at Zama in 202BC effectively ended the Punic Wars and established Rome as the leading power in the western Mediterranean. Bettany Hughes explores the Roman military psyche and the ruthless determination that characterised the empire's establishment.

Eight Days That Made Rome is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on January 6, 2019.

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  • Premiere Date
    January 6, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (318)