- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: December 25, 2006
The shining light of the Dark Ages gets the appreciation it deserves in this captivating survey of its greatest achievements.
- The Byzantines invented foreign intelligence with their secret ''Bureau of Barbarians.''
- Emmy®-winning series hosted by actor and art historian Peter Weller.
- Learn how the astounding achievements of the Byzantines were the very cause of their downfall.
Join Peter Weller in a surprising look at one of the great, under-appreciated empires in history: the Byzantines.
Almost from the moment of its final collapse, the Byzantine Empire was derided by historians as ineffectual, corrupt and decadent. Its very name came to mean "needlessly complicated" or "devious".
In fact, the Byzantine Empire thrived for over a thousand years, encompassed nearly the entire Mediterranean Sea and was the only stable sovereignty during the Middle Ages.
In the vacuum left by the fall of Rome it preserved the culture and legacy of the Classical Period and effectively shielded Western Europe from invasion from the East. Without Byzantium there would have been no Renaissance.
ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE presents the emerging scholarship and revealing archeological discoveries that have restored the reputation of the Byzantine Empire to its rightful place among the great societies of history.
Led by rulers who exercised absolute power and architects who pushed beyond Rome's engineering marvels, the Byzantines constructed the ancient world's longest aqueduct, virtually invincible city walls, a massive stadium, and a colossal domed cathedral that defied the laws of nature.
As always, the stunning recreations, computer graphics and reenactments of ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE bring the ancient wonders wholly to life.
From the world's leading experts on the Byzantine Empire, learn of its achievements and influence and go on location to the epicenter of the ancient seat of THE BYZANTINES.