Engineering An Empire

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Monday 9:00 PM on The History Channel Premiered Oct 09, 2006 Between Seasons

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Engineering An Empire

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In an era long passed, mighty empires were forged from nothing and rose to the heights of power. Join host Peter Weller, an actor and a professor at Syracuse University as he travels the world to show the engineering feats that gave rise to some of the greatest civilizations known to man. From Rome to the Pharaohs' Egypt, from Greece to Carthage, from the Aztecs to the Maya and more, this new program from the History Channel uses computer graphics to explore the architectural, political and cultural glory of the world's greatest empires.

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AIRED ON 1/8/2007

Season 1 : Episode 14

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  • Engineering An Empire is like a video text book of the ancient empires. The show explains how great empires formed and changed the world. This show is worth watching even if you aren’t a history fanatic, and it is especially great to watch if you are.moreless

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    School has a way turning people, especially children, off to learning. History is one subject that can go either way, some like and some do not.



    Here is a challenge: List the names of empires you learned about in school and list the ones what you actually liked learning about?



    Some like to learn how emperors conquered land and people by herifigic means and other like the cutting-edge technology that emperors used to destroy or build things.



    The show Engineering An Empire hits both the herifigic and the cutting-edge in its episodes. It covers the empires of the Romans, Byzantines, Aztecs, and more. It lets people learn about the good and the bad which the empire did. The show tells how the events and actions of one or more emperors in an empire changed the world, as we know it.



    The show is great for adults, teens, and children, but some parts may need to senored for young children. But history is history and children need to learn it.



    History can be fun and watching one episode of Engineering An Empire has turned me, back, into the history loving person I am.



    After all events in history are all around us. It is better to know what is going on now and what went on in the past, so that we can make the world a better place.moreless
  • Learn the construction secrets of cultures of the past.

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    How did they build the pyramids? What about the Parthenon? How, and why, did mere mortals get the idea to craft massive monuments to their leaders and religions?



    These questions have always intrigued students of history and anthropology. In the History Channel's new show, we get to see scholars' latest findings on the processes that led to the world's greatest landmarks. Many of the explorations involve experiments and rebuilding or reenactments using the same methods as detailed in ancient writings, and we get an up-front view of the efforts. Sites include the Aztec temples, Greek, Egyptian and Carthaginian locales. Some of these, I've never studied before, and Carthage is particularly appreciated, but you can't go wrong-- all the episodes are a lot of fun.



    For anyone who ever saw an Indy Jones movie and wished they could be him, this is a good way to become an armchair adventurer.moreless
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Documentary, Science, Travel

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Anthropology & Archaeology, History, Culture