Engineering an Empire

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History Documentary hosted by Peter Weller, published by History Channel in 2005 - English narration

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Engineering an Empire is a program on The History Channel that explores the engineering and/or architectural feats that were characteristic of some of the greatest societies on this planet. It is hosted by Peter Weller, famous for his acting role as RoboCop but also a lecturer at Syracuse University, where he completed his Master's in Roman and Renaissance Art. The executive producer is Delores Gavin. The show started as a documentary about the engineering feats of Ancient Rome and later evolved into a series. It originally ran for one full season of weekly episodes.

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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.

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  • Video Source: PDTV (7500kb/s MP2)
  • Video Codec: XviD (2-pass)
  • Video Bitrate Average: 934kb/s
  • Video Resolution: Widescreen 640 x 368
  • Video FPS: 29.971
  • Audio Format: 48000Hz 160 kb/s total (2 chnls)
  • Runtime: 44:30
  • File Size: 349 MB

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