The Roman Empire In the First Century

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PBS Premiered Jan 01, 2001 Unknown

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Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the first century, the ancient world was ruled by Rome. The Roman Empire struggled with problems that are surprisingly familiar; violent coups, assassination, overarching ambition, civil war, clashes between the classes as well as the sexes and questions of personal freedom versus government control. But from the chaos, the Roman Empire would emerge stronger and more dazzling than ever before. Soon, it would stretch from Britain across Europe to the shores of North Africa; from Spain across Greece and the Middle East to the borders of Asia. It would embrace hundreds of languages and religions and plow its many cultures into a rich soil from which Western civilization would grow. Rome would become the world's first and most enduring superpower. Through the experiences, memories, and writings of the people who lived it, this series tells the story of that time -- the emperors and slaves, poets and plebeians, who wrested order from chaos built the most cosmopolitan society the world had ever seen and shaped the Roman empire in the first century.moreless

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