For years gladiators have been legendary figures of the Ancient World, the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters like ‘Spartacus,’ or ‘Gladiator.’ But our knowledge has been based largely on speculation – until now. We have secured exculsive access to the biggest archaeologial gladiator research project of all time. As it appraoches its conclusion, it will reveal the secrets of how gladiators lived, fought and died not from speculation, but forensic Science.
9.00 p.m. |HISTC| Beasts of the Roman Games
This program tells the story of how the Romans procured and transported thousands of wild animals from every corner of their Empire to feed the blood-thirsty sensationalism of "to the death" animal fights in Rome.
10.00 p.m. |HINT|Engineering An Empire: Carthage
Carthage, a remarkable city-state that dominated the Mediterranean for over 600 years, harnessed their extensive resources to develop some of the ancient world's most groundbreaking technology. For generations, Carthage defined power, strength and ingenuity, but by the third century B.C., the empire's existence was threatened by another emerging superpower, Rome. However, when the Romans engineered their empire, they were only following the lead of the Carthaginians. From the city's grand harbor to the rise of one of history's greatest generals, Hannibal Barca, we will examine the architecture and infrastructure that enabled the rise and fall of the Carthaginian Empire.
HISTC = History Television (Canada)
HINT = History International