9.00 p.m. |HINT| Imperium: Storm over Persia
Did the Persian Empire fall because it was a colossus built on shaky
foundations? For centuries the Persian Empire had existed in what
appeared to be resolute stability--until collapsing in a relatively
short period of time under the military strikes of Alexander the
Great. How was this possible? Greek historians claim that it was the
moral decline of a whole society. In our high-tech electronic "war
room", experts simulating the battles of Issos and Gaugamela make
startling new assessments of the military performance of the Persians-
-and of their last king, Dareios lll.

10.00 p.m. |HINT| Imperium: Hannibal--The Fall of Carthage
Did Hannibal carelessly squander the power of Carthage? Where
exactly did the 23-year-old general cross the Alps with his war
elephants? How was Hannibal able to inflict on the Romans the
greatest defeat of their history? Ships discovered on the bottom of
the Mediterranean show evidence of the outstanding abilities of
Carthaginian seamen; archaeological excavations offer data for a
lavish computer animation of the most remarkable dockyards in the
ancient world. From the ruins of the once magnificent North African
metropolis, researchers reconstruct the ancient city's unique
atmosphere: the teeming mix of races, the splendour of its buildings
and the terror of its ominous cults.

11.00 p.m. |HINT| Imperium: The Battle for Rome
Did the superpower of the ancient world simply collapse on account
of its size? Was it the power struggles of rival contenders for the
throne, economic crises, epidemics such as malaria and the effects of
climate change that brought about the fall of Rome? The establishment
of Christianity as the state religion put an end to the "old Rome".
The principle state doctrine "the right of the strongest" is
undermined causing a waning of the Roman will to resist. We recreate
the common scenarios of the downfall--and include new and surprising

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