Ancients Behaving Badly: HD

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Biography Documentary hosted by Tom McCamus, published by History Channel in 2009 - English narration

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They employed a brutality which is staggering by today's standards. A fresh look at some of the world's most fascinating, iconic, and truly ruthless leaders, how they came to power and stayed in power, how they treated their subjects, friends and family, demonstrated battlefield leadership and achieved transformations at home. We all know their names – Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, Caligula, Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Hannibal and Nero – now discover the truth behind their dastardly deeds. Informed by the latest research, this uncompromising series cuts through the folklore to present an accurate picture of ruthlessness and debauchery. Using the recent historical discoveries, forensic science tests, archaeological finds, analysis of torture instruments, and battlefield dynamics, ANCIENTS BEHAVING BADLY sheds light on these leaders. Full of startling revelations, series gives the uncensored lowdown on the greatest icons of the ancient world. Expert interviews, on-location shots, and CGI help to re-create their environments and provide stunning reenactments. HISTORY brings to life the most brutal and feared leaders of the ancient world. A UK/Canada Co-Production ; Co-Produced by Blink Films and Yap Films in Association with History, Canwest Broadcasting and ITV Global Entertainment

[edit] Caligula

The story and psychological analysis of Roman Emperor Caligula. This young Roman emperor had a fearsome reputation as a sadist, a murderer... and a raving lunatic.
Ordinary people loved Caligula because he provided them entertainment, gladiatorial battles, horse races, and public executions. However, the young emperor also had a dark side.

[edit] Attila the Hun

A marauding barbarian with a reputation as one of history's monsters, even today Attila's name is a synonym for savagery.
Attila, the King of the Huns made several devastating attacks on the Roman Empire from the east of Danube. In his wake came destruction and death, and the victims began to regard him as God's punishment for their sins.

[edit] Julius Caesar

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.
Julius Caesar never became emperor, and he ruled Rome only few years. Yet he changed history and is by far the most famous Roman. However, his path could have turned in many directions.

[edit] Alexander the Great

The king of Macedonia considered himself a god; his admirers called him a military genius; his enemies considered him the devil. He used weapons of mass destruction of his day to defeat his enemies.
What drove his quest for world domination and led him to massacre tens of thousands, including women and children and members of his own family?

[edit] Nero

The story and psychological analysis of Roman Emperor Nero, famous for playing the fiddle while Rome burned, was also well known for cruelty, incest and murder.
Emperor Nero ruled a mighty empire, but he preferred to making music, acting and writing poems. The paranoid Nero felt no mercy on those who tried to keep him off the stage.

[edit] Hannibal

The story and psychological analysis of Carthaginian General Hannibal. Hannibal Barca (247–183 BC) was born into the famous Phoenician military family.
As a child, Hannibal from Carthage, modern-day Tunisia, was forced by his father to make a blood oath to destroy the Romans. He was not afraid to commit atrocities and horrible acts in war, nor was he afraid of showing honor and mercy to defeated foes.

[edit] Genghis Khan

In the 13th century, Mongolia was the most powerful state in the world when Genghis Khan and his troops extended the borders of his empire from Vietnam to Hungary.
This Mongol destroyer set in motion the conquest of a quarter of the world's population with a body count in the millions.

[edit] Cleopatra

The infamous Queen of Egypt, known for her legendary powers of seduction, would stop at nothing, even murdering her entire family, to get her own way.
The image of Queen Cleopatra is above all that of a great seducer, a 'femme fatale' who used seduction to achieve power, and whose own power could in turn be seductive. Driven by power and ambition, her life was dominated by a heady cocktail of sex and murder.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L5
Video Bitrate: 3 266 kb/s
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 29.970
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 44 min
Number Of Parts: 8
Part Size: 1.12 GB
Source: HDTV 720p MPEG2 (Thanks to GoodEatsFan@a.b.hdtv)
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