In the 3rd century BC, the Punic Wars fought between Carthage and
Rome left the ancient world in turmoil. Following the path of the
fearless Carthaginian General Hannibal Barca, who lead his advancing
army across the Alps--with elephants!--to sack Italy, we visit the
majestic ruins from the period of the Roman Republic, and gaze upon
the amazing temple of Capitoline Jupiter as it looked when it was
completed--thanks to amazing virtual reconstruction.
5.00 p.m. |HISTU| Last Stand of the 300
After Custer, Thermopylae is the most famous last stand in history.
In a narrow pass in Northern Greece, seven thousand Greek soldiers
await an onslaught of epic proportions. They will soon face the
largest fighting force ever assembled--the war machine of the mighty
Persian Empire, estimated at over a million men. The Greeks are led
by three hundred of the most ferocious warriors of the ancient world--
the Spartans. Their leader is the fearless King Leonidas, who after
this battle would be catapulted into legend. When it is over, every
Spartan in the pass will have sacrificed his life for freedom.
Creating a fresh visual style and using new technologies we will
dramatically recreate the significant events that lead to Thermopylae
and the clash of arms.
10.00 p.m. |HISTU| Caligula: Reign of Madness
Caligula ruled the Roman Empire fewer than four years, and was only
28 when assassinated by officers of his guard in 41 AD. His reign was
a legendary frenzy of lunacy, murder, and lust. Between executions,
he staged spectacular orgies, made love to his sister, and declared
himself a living god. Join us for a look at this devoted son,
murderer, pervert, and loving father whose anguished life was far
more bizarre than the myth that surrounds him.
HINT = History International
HISTU = History Channel (US)