Ancient Almanac (1998)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - World History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Episode three of this four-part series focus on the expansion and development of the empire. After the legions conquer a territory, narrator Joe Mantegna explains, lawyers reconcile the territory's laws with Roman law and engineers construct links to the Eternal City. Trade then takes place and prosperity follows. When new buildings rise, their design mixes provincial and imperial styles as the new territory becomes integrated into the Roman culture. After Trajan becomes emperor in 98 A.D., he pursues a policy of benevolence toward the citizens and Hadrian continues this policy when he succeeds Trajan in 117 A.D. However, Hadrian deals harshly with rebels in Judea. To build goodwill in the provinces, he travels throughout the empire and appoints regional leaders to important imperial positions. In addition, he patronizes the arts, constructs magnificent buildings, and establishes fortifications to protect the empire from invaders. Episode three includes a tour of the rock-paved streets, shops, and homes of the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii.

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art, road, Roman-Empire