"For it is owning to their wonder that men now begin and first began to philosophize." So wrote Aristotle in the 4th century BC, and man continues to search and wonder. The first episode of this 3-part series peers into the world of our ancient forefathers as it seeks to define philosophy itself. Examine the lives and beliefs of some of the greatest thinkers of that or any other age: men such as Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Zeno, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. This episode looks at the effect their thinking had on the world during their lifetime and how it continues to affect us in modern times.
8.00 p.m. |HISTU| The Real Spartacus
Long before Stanley Kubrick's film starring Kirk Douglas, Spartacus had unwittingly become a mythological icon of resistance against oppression worldwide. We'll look at the real Spartacus, focusing on his struggle against Roman forces, his time as a gladiator, and his role in the infamous slave revolt against Rome in 73 BC, which convulsed the great empire for two years before the uprising was put down and 6,000 slave rebels were crucified along 150 miles of the Appian Way.
9.00 p.m. |HISTU| The Colosseum
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.
10.00 p.m.|HISTU| Sex and the Imperial City
Though Rome was a city built by men, behind them were many equally powerful women. This episode looks at the Empire's wives and mothers, its prostitutes and priestesses, and the conventions that controlled all their lives. We discover how sex shaped their day-to-day experiences and we tell the tragic story of Cornelia, a priestess in the cult of the Vestal Virgins for whom sex meant death.
11.00 p.m. |HISTU| Gladiators and Slaves
Ancient Rome--history's ultimate city--had a dark side. It was run on slave labor. In this episode's cheeky look behind the pillars and togas of Rome, we follow the lives of a gladiator, a slave girl, and their master--and discover just how mad the "Gladiator Emperor" really was!
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