They began as slaves, prisoners of war, the damned of ancient Roman society. Yet a few would become wealthy and famous--the sports stars of their day, main attractions in spectacular entertainment meant to satiate the bloodlust of the Roman mob. Their ranks included women, senators, and even an emperor who took the bloody sport to new depths of depravity. Join us as we examine the sometimes glorious and always gruesome history of gladiators.
9.00 p.m. |HINT|History's Mysteries: Roman Roads: Paths to Empire.
Built on the backs of conquered countries, the Romans engineered a stone-paved highway system encompassing 50,000 miles and sprawling across three continents. Ironically, their breathtaking feat may have paved the road to their ruin as ancient and newly sprung enemies marched straight to the heart of the empire.
9.00 p.m. |HISTC| ROME | the Ram Has Touched the Wall
Caesar weighs Pompey’s counteroffer against Antony’s recommendation to chase down Pompey’s vulnerable army. Vorenus is forced to reconsider his career choices after a series of business setbacks leave him with little income to support his family. A jealous Atia concocts a clever scheme to separate Caesar from Servilia. Pullo is recruited to tutor Octavian in the art of soldiering, but ends up learning a lesson or two from the boy.
10.00 p.m. |HINT|Roman Vice
The flowering of the Roman Empire saw incomparable power and civilization - and at the same time corruption, cruelty and depravity on an unparalleled scale. Emperors from Augustus to Tiberius and Nero built the biggest empire the world had ever seen, while presiding over a way of life riddled with violence, deviancy and excess. This special visits the archaeological sites of ancient Rome, talks to leading historians world-wide and uses stylish reconstructions to describe and explain how good and evil went side by side.
HINT = History International
HISTC = History Television (Canada)