Nothing symbolizes the Roman Empire at its height or Rome in magnificent ruins more than the Colosseum. Built in 70 AD, it seated 80,000 people, boasted a retractable roof, underground staging devices, marble seating, and lavish decorations. It still serves as the prototype for the modern stadium. The complexity of its construction, the beauty of its architecture, and the functionality of its design made it the perfect place for massive crowds to congregate for the bloody spectacles it contained.
8.00 p.m. |HISTU| The Real Attila the Hun
No ruler in history represents the unbridled rage and brutality of the barbarian as much as Attila the Hun. In the 5th century, Attila swept through Europe, effectively extinguishing the classical Roman Empire. And for a time, he held the destiny of all of Western Europe firmly in his grasp. But in the end, it was Attila who unwittingly secured the future of the civilized world and Christian Europe. After his death, the Hun Empire began to break up, and the marauding Huns "scattered to the winds."
8.30 p.m. |HINT| A Place to Call Eturia
Go on a journey to the ancient cities Volterra, Populonia, and Cervetari, and see why Etruscan civilization was famous for its extravagant wealth, fine ceramics, handicrafts, and bustling trade, and how it was all lost in battles with the Greek colonies in southern Italy. Experience the cutting edge of archaeological exploration as we take viewers on a virtual tour of these ancient sites.
9.00 p.m. |HISTU| Julius Caesar's Greatest Battle
In an eight-year campaign through what is now France, Julius Caesar killed one million people, took a million more hostage and destroyed more than 800 cities. Follow in the footsteps of Caesar and the leader of the Gallic uprising, Vercingetorix, as the bloody conflict in Gaul reaches its climax. In 52 BC at Alesia, Caesar and Vergingetorix lead their armies into one of the greatest sieges in the history of warfare: a battle that will decide the fate of Gaul and shape the future of the entire Western World.
10.00 p.m. |HISTU| Capital of the World
This provocative new series takes us back 2,000 years to an Ancient Rome you have never seen before. Our time-traveling guide (Neil Stuke) penetrates the heart of history's ultimate city as we reveal the extraordinary lives of real Romans and see how they lived, loved, and conquered the world. We discover a surprisingly modern place that gave us many things we take for granted--and see how the Romans turned murder into mass entertainment. In this hour, we follow three lads as they struggle to succeed. Two just want to make some cash and chase girls, but the third wants to be the first emperor and ruler of the world. Meanwhile, his daughter gives new meaning to royal sex scandals!
11.00 p.m. |HISTU| Legions
The true-life action-adventure story of the life and career of Maximus, a Roman soldier who fought in Rome's very own version of the Gulf War against a rogue state called Dacia. We see how the Imperial Legions ruled the world for centuries--and follow Maximus's training and service in Rome's bloody war on terror.
HINT - History International
HISTU - History Channel (US)