The Roman Empire In the First Century

Season 1 Episode 4

Years of Eruption

Aired Unknown Jul 24, 2001 on PBS
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Years of Eruption
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With Nero's death, the dynasty of Augustus comes to an end. Once again, the Empire faces an uncertain future. Rival generals fight for supremacy in the streets of Rome. A new dynasty brings another tyrant to the throne, and Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying Pompeii and thousands of people beneath a torrent of ash and mud. A teenager called Pliny the Younger survives the disaster and records the night of terror. But the Empire weathers the traumas. As the first century draws to a close, the Emperor Trajan sets the course for generations to come…and projects the collective voice of ancient Rome across the ages.moreless

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