Synopsis by Rob Ferrier
Each episode of Rome: Power and Glory charts a chapter in the growth of one of the world's greatest empires. Covering over two million square miles and standing for nearly 1,300 years, the Roman Empire was crucial in determining the future direction and stance of the great empires that would follow her. Through the use of computer graphics, careful research, and re-creations, the lives of those who lived under the aegis of Rome spring to life. This particular episode focuses on the decline of the Empire, due primarily to succession of weak rulers unable to face down the army and an increasingly intransigent bureaucracy. The upshot of this decline was the decision of the Emperor Constantine to move the capital of the empire west, a move that for all intents and purposes plunged Europe into anarchy. This episode is narrated by Peter Coyote.
anarchy, bureaucracy, decline, fall [downfall], growth, Roman, empire, Roman-Empire