- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, 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: January 8, 2007
How did technology, art and science - Culture itself - recover from nearly a thousand years of neglect? What spark finally lit Italy's emergence from the abysmal Dark Ages?
- Documentary series spawned by the Emmy® Award winning ROME: ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE.
- The Renaissance's Old Masters were the greatest military and civil engineers of the time.
- Hosted by actor and art historian Peter Weller.
Governments may be established, countries may be born, but empires are built.
Leaving the dusty history books behind, ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE takes to the streets - as well as the sewers, mountaintops, jungles and beyond - to trace the magnificent physical achievements and technologies of past societies. Host Peter Weller travels around the world and - assisted by cutting-edge computer renderings and note-perfect dramatizations - far back in time to chronicle the innovation and architectural brilliance that gave birth to modern civilization.
More than painted ceilings and enigmatic smiles, the Renaissance was the most revolutionary period of empire-building in history.
In the late 15th and 16th centuries, continually shifting alliances among Italy's city-states against foreign aggression gelled into stable republics. Enriched by trade and mercenary endeavors, these new states revitalized their cities and built on an epic level not witnessed since Rome's heyday.
The Renaissance was in many respects an arms race, with the battle fought on all fronts: artistic, commercial, military, and diplomatic. The victors boasted the most modern armories, the richest treasuries, and the greatest works of art and architecture.
Travel with ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE to this magnificent world of competition, prosperity, and patronage. Discover the unique and thrilling environment that spawned the most breathtaking creative accomplishments of man. Relive the turmoil and glory of DA VINCI'S WORLD.