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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Run Time: 1169 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Color: Color
  • Includes:
    The Making Of The True Story of Alexander the Great Featurette
  • Release Date: 2011
They are some of the most famous, and infamous, leaders the world has ever known. Cutting-edge technology, dramatic reenactments and expert commentary deliver their stories in vivid detail. This special collection begins with an examination of eight of the most brutal and feared rulers of the ancient world from Attila the Hun and Julius Caesar to Hannibal and Genghis Khan. Next, its a look at the remarkable life and times of Alexander the Great, the King of Macedonia who led a grand army over 20,000 miles to bring all of Asia under his control. Then we travel back to unravel the mysteries surrounding one of the Bibles greatest heroes King David. And well join a search for the truth about one of the Bibles most legendary villains King Herod the Great. Plus, an in-depth look at the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and an exploration of some of historys most decisive battles.

BONUS FEATURES:The Making of The True Story of Alexander The Great Featurette

VOLUME 1: Ancients Behaving Badly, Volume 1
VOLUME 2: Ancients Behaving Badly, Volume 2
VOLUME 3: True Story of Alexander the Great / Bonus
VOLUME 4: Mysteries of the Bible - King David, Herod the Great, Solomon
VOLUME 5: Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire - Constantine the Great, Julius Caesar, The Last Emperor, The Soldiers Emperor
VOLUME 6: The True Story of Hannibal / Boudica: Warrior Queen / Crassus: Rich Man, Poor Man / Hail Caesar! / Ramses II
VOLUME 7: Ancient Mysteries - The Forbidden City: Dynasty And Destiny / The Queen Pharaoh / Secret Life Of King Ramses II

ANCIENTS BEHAVING BADLY:
HISTORY brings to life eight of the most brutal and feared leaders of the ancient world from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan and Caligula to Cleopatra. Using the latest historical discoveries, forensic science tests, archaeological finds, and battlefield dynamics, Ancients Behaving Badly sheds light on these leaders and how they really came to power. Expert interviews, on-location shots, and CGI help to recreate their environments and provide stunning reenactments.

Episodes included on this disc:
Caligula
Attila The Hun
Julius Caesar
Alexander the Great

ANCIENTS BEHAVING BADLY:
HISTORY brings to life eight of the most brutal and feared leaders of the ancient world from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan and Caligula to Cleopatra. Using the latest historical discoveries, forensic science tests, archaeological finds, and battlefield dynamics, Ancients Behaving Badly sheds light on these leaders and how they really came to power. Expert interviews, on-location shots, and CGI help to recreate their environments and provide stunning reenactments.

Episodes included on this disc:
Nero
Hannibal
Genghis Khan
Cleopatra

THE TRUE STORY OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT:
Alexander the Great had conquered the known world--and sealed his legacy as one of history's most remarkable rulers--by the age of 25. In the year 334 B.C., 20-year-old King Alexander of Macedonia decided to bring the farthest reaches of the world under one domain. He led a grand army across more than 20,000 miles and eventually brought all of Asia under his control, only to perish from battle wounds at the age of 32. Incorporating dramatic onsite reenactments with high-end computer graphics and the expertise of renowned scholars, THE TRUE STORY OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT examines the life and career of this military genius, impassioned lover, and fearless leader.

BONUS FEATURES:The Making of The True Story of Alexander The Great Featurette

MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE

KING DAVID: POET WARRIOR:
David--successor of Saul, father to Solomon-- is one of the Bible's greatest heroes. Yet an extraordinary discovery indicates that King David--poet, warrior, and slayer of the great giant named Goliath--was not just a mythical figure. What were his relationships with Jonathan and Saul? What was his impact on the Philistines, Israel's greatest enemy? Did he found the city of Bethlehem? These mysteries are explored within.

HEROD THE GREAT:
The man we know as "King Herod the Great" is mentioned only briefly in the Bible. Nearly a century after his death, Josephus, a first century historian, described him as a king who "stole the throne like a fox, ruled like a tiger and died like a dog," having murdered most of his family. So who was Herod really?

SOLOMON:
This is the story of the third king of Israel who is known for his great wisdom. Solomon built the first Temple and helped the Israelites to enjoy a long period of security and prosperity, but was often distracted by his reputed 700 wives and 300 concubines.

CONSTANTINE THE GREAT:
As emperor of Spain, Gaul, and Britain, Constantine proves his strength against his barbarian enemies. But when the other Roman emperors begin to turn on each other again, Constantine determines to put an end to such rivalries once and for all.

JULIUS CAESAR:
It is 60 B.C. and Julius Caesar, desperate for fame and honor, embarks on a brutal decade long campaign to annex Gaul and build his own reputation. In 49BC, he crosses the Rubicon intending to claim his rightful place as the chief man of Rome. It sparks a new civil war that pits him against Pompey the Great.

THE LAST EMPEROR:
In the middle of the 5th century, one Roman named Orestes finds service in the court of Attila the Hun. Schooled in the strategy of his enemy, Orestes is determined to resurrect Rome. Naming his young son emperor, Orestes attempts to purify Rome of her barbarian influences.

THE SOLDIERS EMPEROR:
Civil war has torn the empire apart and left its borders vulnerable to barbarian invasion. Romans are left to defend themselves. As the empire divides against itself, one extraordinary man rises from the rank of soldier to become emperor in Rome. His name is Aurelian.

THE TRUE STORY OF HANNIBAL
In 218 BC, the Carthaginian general Hannibal departed Spain to wage war on the Romans. Over the next 14 years, he defeated the vaunted Roman Army in battle after battle bringing the mighty Republic to the brink of destruction. From Hannibals march across the French Alps with a team of elephants to his defeat in 203 BC, THE TRUE STORY OF HANNIBAL brings the story of historys greatest general to life.

BOUDICA: WARRIOR QUEEN
Wife, mother, queen...and leader of one of the most violent rebellions against Roman domination in British history.

CRASSUS: RICH MAN, POOR MAN
Although he may have been the richest man in Rome, Crassus was the poor relation in the First Triumvirate. His vanity was to cost the lives of seven legions, his son, and his own head.

HAIL CAESAR!
When Julius Caesar went head-to-head with Gnaeus Pompey, the outcome would change the fate of the Western World. Pompey was the champion of the Senate; Caesar the champion of the troops.

RAMSES II
One of Egypt's greatest pharaohs, Ramses II, confronts the biggest menace to his reign at the Battle of Kadesh. The battle is the earliest for which true military tactics are known.

ANCIENT MYSTERIES

THE FORBIDDEN CITY: DYNASTY AND DESTINY:
For hundreds of years the Forbidden City was a place of mystery, its doors closed to the outside world. Lying at the heart of what is now Beijing, China, this labyrinth of over 8,000 rooms contains grand palaces and halls, temples, libraries, theatres, and living quarters for thousands of residents. Twenty-four emperors ruled from the Forbidden City, from the fifteenth century until 1911, when the Republican Revolution began.

THE QUEEN PHARAOH:
Her name was Hatshepsut. Over three thousand years ago she did the unthinkable when she defied convention and had herself crowned Pharaoh of male-dominated Egypt. This daring power play brought her control of the richest, most powerful country on earth. She was a woman who played by her own rules.

THE SECRET LIFE OF KING RAMSES II:
Ramses II was perhaps the greatest pharaoh to rule ancient Egypt. His reign lasted 67 years--it was one of the longest in Egyptian history. He possessed endless energy and a determination to insure his name and his civilization would stand immortal. He had at least half-a-dozen principal wives--the most notable being Nefertari. He has also been credited for having sired over 100 children.

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