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Roman Empire in the First Century

Order from Chaos (#101)

Born in times of crisis and raised amid civil war, Augustus personified the people he led. He was contradictory: at once capable of brutal violence and tender compassion. He was powerful -- and enormously charismatic. Augustus forged and polished the image of Roman grandeur that endures to this day. But those who ran afoul of his ambition and invincible will faced tragic consequences: his rivals Marc Antony and Cleopatra, the love poet Ovid, even his own daughter, Julia. The story of Augustan Rome is the story of greatness at a price. [110 minutes] Closed Captioning

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  • Winds of Change (#103)

    In this episode, Claudius, the most unlikely of the Augustan family, becomes one of the greatest emperors of the Roman Empire, only to fall victim to a brutally ambitious wife. A highly principled philosopher named Seneca finds himself compromised as a tutor to one of the earliest of the "enfants terribles," Nero. In Britain, a warrior queen named Boudicca battles Roman legions and, in Judea, the Jewish people revolt. Under Nero's erratic rule, Rome nearly burns to the ground. The empire is on the edge of disaster. [110 minutes]

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