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Rome: Engineering an Empire (2005)

Despite their personal short comings, many of the Roman Empires great engineering accomplishments were introduced during the reign of the Caesars. The tradition continued under Vespasian, ... See full summary »

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Christopher Cassel
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Carroll Michael Carroll ... Narrator
George Piscopo George Piscopo ... Julius Caesar
Massimo Vari Massimo Vari ... Julius Caesar
Giorgio Cuneo Giorgio Cuneo ... Senator
Vladimiro Forti Vladimiro Forti ... Senator
Massimo Adornetto Massimo Adornetto ... Claudius
Edoardo Bettas Edoardo Bettas ... Young Nero
Alessandro Corsanici Alessandro Corsanici ... Nero
Ilaria Di Stefano Ilaria Di Stefano ... Agrippina
Sergio Ostili Sergio Ostili ... Trajan
David J. Oliver David J. Oliver ... Apollodorus of Damascus
Stefano Rossi Stefano Rossi ... Hadrian
Ryan Michael Park Ryan Michael Park ... Caracalla
Mary Boatwright Mary Boatwright ... Herself
Peter Weller ... Himself
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Despite their personal short comings, many of the Roman Empires great engineering accomplishments were introduced during the reign of the Caesars. The tradition continued under Vespasian, builder of the Coliseum, Trajan, builder of the Forum, and Hadrian, builder and possibly the designer of the Pantheon. Finally, a decade later Caracalla built a bath complex/recreation center in an effort to secure his own reputation in history. Written by David Foss

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English

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13 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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Rom - Die Entstehung eines Weltreichs See more »

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Fascinating from start to finish.
20 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Tonight was the second time I saw this fine documentary--and I rarely re-watch anything, so that says a lot about the quality of this History Channel show. It's not your typical show about ancient Rome which focuses on wars or emperors. Instead, it focuses specifically on the engineering accomplishments during the reigns of various emperors--and it makes for some surprising viewing. That's because although ancient, the Romans were darned accomplished--producing great thinkers, engineers and architects. Such engineering feats as creating long aqueducts, the Coliseum (made mostly from concrete), the Forum and much more are discussed in a fascinating way from start to finish. Well made throughout and with surprising interviews with Peter Weller, who is apparently ALSO a professor at Syracuse University as well as being a Robocop! I can see why this show was an Emmy-winner--it's a quality production throughout and discusses a side to Rome few ever consider. As a retired history teacher, I'm excited by shows like this one.


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