8.00 p.m. |HINT| Roman Imprint on the West In the 2nd century AD, all roads lead to Rome, and we'll follow some which connect Rome to the rich provinces of the West, including Iberia (Spain) and Gaul (France) as a Celtic gladiator takes us on a virtual tour through the streets of Nimes, Orange, Tarragona, Italica, Meridia, and more.

8.30 p.m. |HINT| At the Court of the King of Kings During the 4th century BC, the great Persian civilization, which was the first multi-ethnic empire in history, reached its peak. In this episode, we'll tour the grand residences at Persepolis, and the imperial palaces of the omnipotent King Darius I--a sumptuous building complex for the most powerful man in the world of that era. Experience the cutting edge of archaeological exploration and take a virtual tour with the people of Persia at the height of its civilization.

HINT = History International

... by the way, due to end-of-year-school-stuff I missed the first episode of Empire, so I can't comment on it. I just noticed, however, that Julius Caesar is being played by Colm Feore, who also, interestingly/ironically enough also played the first Canadian dictator, Pierre Trudeau (note for non-Canucks and/or people not from western Canada ... it was under Trudeau that the process of concentrating power in the Prime Minister's Office and accomplishing things by Orders in Council (not requiring parliamentary approval) began. It reached its highest point under one of Trudeau's heirs, Jean Chretien and continues under our current PM, PM ...)