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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Run Time: 936 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Closed Captioning: No
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Color: Color
  • Includes:
    Four Episdoes of Where Did It Come FromMbr
    Egypt Featruettes Inside Look, From the Director's Char and Everything You Wanted To Know About Egypt
    Rome Behind-the-Scenes
    History in the Making: Rome: Engineering An Empire
  • Release Date: 2006
The Parthenon. Chichn Itz. The Pyramids. Their scale, complexity, and sheer beauty stand as permanent reminders of the indomitable strength and ingenuity of the human spirit.

ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE: THE COLLECTORS EDITION circles the globe to reexamine historys most magnificent civilizations by surveying the architectural and engineering triumphs they left behind. Beginning more than five-thousand years ago with the mind-boggling construction feats of the ancient Egyptians, the 14 documentaries--including two feature-length specials--in this collection revive the spectacular glory of the past, from the great temples of Greece to the majestic and mysterious Tenochtitlan. Cutting-edge CGI graphics and stunning location footage reanimate the ancient streets of such cities as Carthage and Rome, while expert interviews trace the rise of each empire and the technological achievements that paved the way for their gravity-defying masterpieces.

Hosted by Peter Weller, ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE: THE COLLECTORS EDITION unites each riveting moment of this critically-acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning series to reveal the innovation and infrastructure behind the worlds most dazzling empires.

This collection features a bonus DVD with four episodes of Where Did It Come From? to see how modern technologys roots trace back to ancient civilizations.

BONUS FEATURES: Bonus disc featuring episodes of Where Did It Come From?; Season 1 Behind-the-Scenes Featurette; Egypt Featurettes Inside Look, From The Directors Chair, and Everything You Wanted To Know About Egypt; Rome Behind-the-Scenes Featurette History in the Making: Rome: Engineering an Empire

DISC 1: Engineering an Empire - Greece / Greece: Age of Alexander / The Aztecs
DISC 2: Engineering an Empire - Carthage / China / Russia
DISC 3: Engineering an Empire - Britain: Blood and Steel / The Persians / The Maya: Death Empire
DISC 4: Engineering an Empire - Napoleon: Steel Monster / The Byzantines / Da Vinci's World / Bonus behind-the-scenes Featurette
DISC 5: Rome: Engineering an Empire / Bonus - History in the Making
DISC 6: Egypt: Engineering an Empire / Bonus featurettes
DISC 7: Where Did It Come From? -- Ancient China: Agriculture / Ancient Egypt: Modern Medicine / Ancient Greece: Modern Ship Building / Ancient Rome: The Modern Stadium

ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE initiates its architectural investigation with mighty Greece, the Empire that gave rise to Western civilization and produced some of antiquity's greatest treasures. Next, discover how Alexander saved the Greek Empire from its period of civil unrest, then voyage to Central America to unlock the mysterious and magical world of the ancient Aztecs.

GREECE--The cradle of Western civilization sustained remarkable technological advancement for over 1,000 years, including such masterpieces as the Tunnel of Samos and the Parthenon.

GREECE: AGE OF ALEXANDER--After a century of tremendous accomplishment, Greeces territorial ambitions were stymied by constant warfare--until Alexander ventured abroad and initiated the Hellenistic era.

THE AZTECS--The Aztecs became one of the greatest civilizations in history through brilliant military campaigns and technological mastery of their harsh environment.

ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE continues its quest to unearth the framework of the ancient world in Volume 2. Witness the sophistication and defense techniques of Carthaginian engineers, learn about the unparalleled feats of ancient China, and trace the brutal rise and fall of the Russian Empire.

CARTHAGE--Find out how Carthaginian engineers harnessed their extensive resources and manpower to develop some of the ancient worlds most groundbreaking technology.

CHINA--Century after century, Chinas regal emperors mobilized immense peasant armies to accomplish unfathomable feats--including the most ambitious construction project ever accomplished.

RUSSIA--From the Moscow Kremlin to St. Petersburg to the Trans-Siberian railroad, examine the architecture and infrastructure that led to the rise and fall of the Russian Empire.

The incredible displays of technological prowess continue in the third volume of ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE. Watch the mighty rise of the British Empire as it paves the way for the modern world and explore the incredible engineering feats of the Persian Empire. Learn about Mayan ingenuity from 250 to 900 AD and search for clues regarding the civilizations strange disappearance.

BRITAIN: BLOOD AND STEEL--Through the centuries, the British Empire used extraordinary engineering technology to become an industrial and military titan, giving rise to such inventions as the first locomotive.

THE PERSIANS--The engineering feats of the mysterious Persian Empire include a water management system, a paved cross-continent roadway, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

THE MAYA: DEATH EMPIRE--By 900 AD, the once-glorious Mayan cities disappeared. Unravel the mystery surrounding this mythic civilization through its spectacular infrastructure and architecture.

ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE culminates with volume 4 as it follows the rise of one of the greatest military strategists in history, one who spurred on some of the worlds most iconic masterpieces, and uncovers the brilliant gem of the Dark Ages: the Byzantine Empire. Finally, watch Italy magnificently reawaken and build on a scale not witnessed since the ascent of Rome.

NAPOLEON: STEEL MONSTER--When France stood on the precipice of disaster, one of the most legendary military strategists in history arose from its ashes: Napoleon.

THE BYZANTINES--As much of the world descended into the Dark Ages, the Byzantine Empire emerged with ruthless might and supreme ingenuity, ruling over vast swaths of Europe and Asia.

DA VINCI'S WORLD--After the deep sleep of the Dark Ages, it wasn't until the 11th-century that autonomous city-states emerged in Italy, revitalizing metropolises and paving the way for the Renaissance.

BONUS FEATURES: Season 1 Behind-the-Scenes Featurette


For more than 500 years, Rome was the most powerful and advanced civilization the world had ever known, ruled by visionaries and tyrants whose accomplishments ranged from awe-inspiring to deplorable. One characteristic linked them all--ambition--and the thirst for power that all Roman emperors shared fueled an unprecedented mastery of engineering and labor. This documentary special chronicles the spectacular and sordid history of the Roman Empire from the rise of Julius Caesar in 55 BC to its eventual fall around 537 AD, detailing the remarkable engineering feats that set Rome apart from the rest of the ancient world. Featuring extensive state-of-the-art CGI animation, and exclusive never-before-seen footage shot on a diving expedition in the water channels underneath the Colosseum.

BONUS FEATURE: History in the Making: Rome: Engineering an Empire Featurette


Five thousand years ago--nearly two millennia before the Romans built their first mud huts--ancient Egypt's mighty pharaohs began commissioning and building monumental masterpieces whose scale, beauty, and sophistication still boggle the mind.

Hosted by actor and art historian Peter Weller, the feature-length EGYPT: ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE explores Egypt's awe-inspiring engineering accomplishments through the prism of its pharaohs indomitable personalities. As Egypt's pharaohs alternately conquered and ceded vast expanses of land, they pushed their royal architects to stretch the boundaries of imagination and human potential, in effect inventing the science of structural engineering. Follow the empires development from the First Dynasty of 3000 BC through the last days of the reign of Ramses the Great in 1212 BC, from dazzling obelisks to the 700-foot Great Pyramid of Giza.

Through cutting-edge digital graphics and countless interviews with noted Egyptologists, HISTORY chronicles the pharaohs and feats that brought forth the worlds very first superpower.

BONUS FEATURES: Inside Look, From The Directors Chair, and Everything You Wanted To Know About Egypt Featurettes


Travel to China to explore the roots of modern agricultural genius, where we will learn why these inventions were developed and how they have contributed to society today. See how the ancient Chinese invented advanced farming technology, including their introduction of early planting tools such as the hoe, the wheelbarrow and the cast iron guan plow.

Surgeries, amputations, prescription medicine, fertility and contraception...all the things we associate with the practice of modern medicine were actually introduced by the ancient Egyptians more than 5,000 years ago. A journey to the temple of Kom Ombo reveals surgical instruments dating back to 2500 BC, carved on the temple wall.

2,500 years ago, no one dominated shipbuilding like the Greeks. We examine a reproduction of a Greek warship and a 3-D CGI reproduction captures the grandeur of a gigantic cargo ship. Youll see a demonstration of Archimedes' most famous discovery: the principle of buoyancy. And on the Greek island Kalymnos, we learn how sponge diving evolved into the lucrative business of salvage diving.

The ancient Colosseum had many of the same features of todays state-of-the-art stadiums--two thousand years earlier! So, we're off to Rome to build and test a Roman crane and demonstrate how the ancient Romans managed to erect the 16-story stadium in the middle of a crowded city. We'll also see if the Colosseum could empty its 55-thousand spectators in under 15 minutes, as some historians claim.

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