Cities of the Underworld

Season 1 Episode 14

Rome: The Rise

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 30, 2007 on The History Channel
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Rome: The Rise
What was the secret to the success of ancient Rome? Aqueducts, underground neighborhoods and one of the oldest sewer systems reveal many secrets. The largest and most influential empire in history leaves clues to her greatness under nearly every street.
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  • A marvelous return to form.

    After a decline in quality following the departure of original host Eric Geller, and having hit a lot point with a very lackluster Portland excursion the previous week, "Cities of the Underworld" returns to form in a big way with "Rome: The Rise," a great episode showcasing more of the buried treasures of the seat of one of histories' greatest empires. Not coincidentally, the return of the high quality that marked the earlier episodes of CoftU is accompanied by the "return" of the original host--this was an earlier but previously unaired episode hosted by Geller.

    Among other things, Geller digs into Rome's original sewer system, a stunning Roman amphitheater, and a partially buried apartment complex, built, rebuilt, and re-rebuilt, one on top of the other, over the years. The latter alone could have probably made up an entire episode, and it's only one of the many locales visited by Geller.

    I've been drifting away from CoftU since Geller's departure. It seemed the soul of the show had left with him. This one reminded me of why I fell in love with the series in the first place.moreless

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    • Eric Geller: They used to say all roads lead to Rome and for nearly a thousand years that wasn't far from the truth. At one time over 50,000 miles of road led right here, and while this capital city was exploding above ground, there was another world brewing down below. A world packed with pipes and sewer lines, auditoriums and cities of the dead, it's a world directly responsible for the rapid rise of Rome. And today we've got special access to go down. From one of the world's oldest sewers that started it all, to ancient Roman warehouses and apartment complexes hidden beneath this modern building, and just outside the capital, this growing city had to get creative with the dead. Entire ancient neighborhoods have vanished beneath these streets, the beginnings of modern day engineering are lost underground as 2,000 years of dirt and debris have buried the roots of Rome.

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