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Ancient Civilizations / produced by Questar, Inc. [Chicago] : Distributed by Questar, c2004. 6 DVD videodiscs (ca. 565 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. CB311 .A535 2004 VideoDVD 1-6 : Vol. 1. Rome and Pompeii (120 min.) -- v. 2. Athens and ancient Greece (120 min.) -- v. 3. The Land of the Pharaohs (120 min.) -- v. 4. Fall of the Aztec and Maya empires (65 min.) -- v. 5. Gladiators: blood sport of the Colosseum (90 min.) -- v. 6. Cleopatra: the first woman of power (90 min.). Includes 'bonus programs': Faith unconquered: the Roman persecution of early Christians (disc 1) -- Atlantis: In search of a lost conti ntent (disc 2) -- Touring Egypt (disc 3) -- The Maya: temples, tombs & time (disc 4).
Ancient Egypt : modern medicine / hosted by Michael Guillen. New York, NY : A&E Television Networks, 2011. 1 streaming video file (54 min.) from Health and Society in Video. : More than 5,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians were practicing medicine with a mastery and sophistication on par with today s top health care providers. Now, WHERE DID IT COME FROM? journeys into the past to explore the amazing medical achievements from the age of the pharaohs. With host Michael Guillen, step inside the temple at Kom Ombo, where wall carvings of surgical instruments dating back to 2500 BC can be clearly seen. Compare ancient antibiotics and early medical equipment with the best of today, and discover the fascinating precursors to modern medical breakthroughs, including complex surgery, prescription medicine, and fertility treatments. From high-level dream analysis to remarkably accurate pregnancy testing, HISTORYTM presents a captivating look at how this progressive civilization helped to shape modern medicine.
Ancient Egypt Unearthed / [United States] : Discovery Communications Inc. ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment,  2 DVD videodiscs (525 min.) DT83 .A63 2009 VideoDVD : Take a journey down the mighty Nile, back through time, and uncover ancient Egypt's long-lost mysteries. Contents : Egypt uncovered -- Egypt's ten greatest discoveries -- Secrets of Egypt's lost queen -- Why ancient Egypt fell -- Women Pharaohs.
Ancient Greece / Cromwell Productions ; Eagle Rock Entertainment. Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c1999. 1 VHS videocassette (47 min.) DF78 .A53 1999 Videocassette : Beginning with Homer's account of the Trojan War, this program re-creates the Greek world to provide insight into the daily lives of Greek citizens.
The Ancient Olympics : Athletes, Games & Heroes, A Lecture / a lecture by David Gilman Romano. Cincinnati, Ohio : Institute for Mediterranean Studies, c1996. 1 VHS videocassette (ca. 55 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. + 1 glossary sheet. GV23 .A52 1996 Videocassette : Romano, an archaeololgist with a background as an athlete and coach of track and field, gives a history, dating back to mythological times, of the origins of modern athletic competition, including triumphs, scandals and traditions of that time.
Ancient Rome / Eagle Rock Entertainment ; Cromwell Productions ; written by Ruth Wood ; produced by Vanessa Tovell. Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities, c1999. 1 VHS videocassette (47 min.) DG77 .A53 1999 Videocassette : Scholars discuss the unification of Europe under the Romans, the military structure and tactics that allowed them to conquer much of Western Europe, and the cultural and social aspects of Rome before the empire collapsed in 476 A.D.
Athens and Ancient Greece (120 min.), see Ancient Civilizations.
Athens : the Dawn of Democracy / a production of Lion Television Production for Channel 4 ; director, Timothy Copestake ; producers, Sophia Roberts and Rowan Deacon. [United States] : Lion Television : Distributed by PBS Home Video, c2007. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. DF277 .A844 2007 VideoDVD : Historian Bettany Hughes goes on search of the real truth about democratic Athens, 2500 years ago. It has been revered as the birthplace of philosophy, art, science and the greatest political idea of all time; democracy.
Barbarians II / The History Channel. / New York : A&E Home Video : Distributed by New Video, 2007. 2 videodiscs (ca. 188 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. D135 .B37335 2007 VideoDVD : At its peak, the Roman Empire feared nothing in Heaven or on Earth. Perhaps they should have paid closer attention to the pagan rabble. Coming in waves from the dark forests of Europe, the hordes drove the mighty empire to its knees. Relentless, unmerciful and united only in their hatred for Rome, each of these warrior tribes - Vandals, Saxons, Franks and Lombards - had its own violent agenda, dark rites, savage tactics, and secret weapons. The second collection from this acclaimed series from THE HISTORY CHANNEL® follows these four fearsome tribes as they cut a swath of destruction through the heart of the Roman world. Barbarians II recreates the world of these invaders through breathtaking stunts, large-scale battle reenactments, and a fast-paced, exciting narrative. Horde covered include: (1) THE VANDALS: Ranging far from their roots in Germany, these power-hungry pagans swept through Spain, then across North Africa, and eventually to the gates of Rome itself; (2) THE SAXONS: Watch this Germanic horde ravage the British coast, destroy Roman defenses and plunder monasteries in an orgy of pagan worship, then turn to confront their barbarian brothers in a bloody battle for power and land; (3) THE FRANKS: Witness the birth of a barbarian empire as the Franks, led by Merovich - the legendary warrior said to be half-man, half-monster - descend upon Gaul, cutting a swath of devastation and conquering both the Roman and Visigoth armies: (4) THE LOMBARDS: The ferocious tribe partial to severing their foes' heads and stealing their women. Their brutal leader, Alboin, overcame Roman defenses, surrounded The Eternal City, and forced a captured foe's wife to drink from her slain father's skull.
Byzantium : the Lost Empire / an ABTV production for The Learning Channel in association with IBIS Films and Channel Four Television ; series producer, Nicholas Barton ; written by John Romer ; co-writer, Elizabeth Romer ; series director, Derek Towers. Port Washington, N.Y. : Koch Vision,  2 DVD videodiscs (208 min.) DR481 .B99 2007 VideoDVD : For more than 1,000 years, the Byzantine Empire was the eye of the entire world. The origin of great literature, fine art, and modern government, it was also the first Christian empire. Pass through the gates of Constantinople, explore the magnificent mosque of Hagia Sophia and see the looted treasures of the empire now located in St. Marks, Venice.
Cleopatra: the First Woman of Power (90 min.), see Ancient Civilizations.
Colosseum : A Gladiator's Story, see Pompeii : The Last Day.
The Dark Ages / A&E Television Networks ; [presented by] The History Channel ; produced by KPI ; produced, written and directed by Christopher Cassel. New York] : A&E Home Video : Distributed by New Video, c2007. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. D121 .D37 2007 VideoDVD : Between the Fall of Rome and the dawn of the Renaissance, Europe plunged into a dark night of constant war, splintered sovereignties, marauding pagans, and more. As chaos replaced culture, Europe was beset by famine, plague, persecutions, and a state of war that was so persistent it was only rarely interrupted by peace. This program covers warlords whose armies threatened to cause the demise of European society, such as Alaric, Charles the Hammer, and Clovis; and the people who valiantly tended the flames of justice, knowledge, and innovation, including Charlemagne, St. Benedict, Empress Theodora, and other brave souls who fought for peace and enlightenment. Special features: Special feature-length documentary "The plague;" history in the making featurette: "The dark ages."
Details of Roman Life / presented by Robert Erskine. Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities, c1991. 1 VHS videocassette (26 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. DG78 .D48 1991 Videocassette : Robert Erskine conducts viewers through rooms in the British Museum, explaining particular artifacts and discussing daily Roman life.
Empires : t he Greeks : Crucible of Civilization / PBS Home Video. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 140 min.) DF77 .G744 1999 VideoDVD : Dramatic storytelling and state-of-the-art computer animation recreate classical Greece of the 4th and 5th centures, B.C., founder of modern science, politics, warfare, philosophy, and source of breathtaking art and architecture. This dazzling production charts the rise, triumph, and eventual decline of the world's first democracy. Witness it all through the eyes of Pericles, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
Empires : The Roman Empire in the First Century / written by Margaret Koval ; produced and directed by Margaret Koval and Lyn Goldfarb ; produced by Goldfarb and Koval Productions in association with PBS and Devillier Donegon Enterprises. [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment,  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 219 min.) DG78 .R66 2005 VideoDVD : Tells the story of the emperors, slaves, poets, and peasants who wrested order from chaos, built the most cosmopolitan society the world had ever seen, and shaped the Roman Empire in the first century. Originally broadcast on PBS as four ca. 60 min. episodes of an Empires special in 2001.
Frontiers of the Roman Empire = Grenzen des Römischen Reiches / Boundary Productions. [Austria] : Boundary Productions, 2008. 1 DVD video disc (ca. 84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. DG271 .F767 2008 VideoDVD : DVD contains films about the frontiers of the Roman Empire in Europe and Jordan, including their history and function and the preservation of the historical sites. Additional content (pdf, Word, jpeg) is accessible if the DVD is used with a computer system. Word documents include a description of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire project by David J. Breeze and Sonja Jilek.
The Germanic Tribes : the Complete Four-Part Saga. West Long Branch, NJ : Kultur, [c2003, 2002?]. 2 DVD videodiscs (209 min.) DD75 .G47 2003 VideoDVD : Were ancient Germans simply the barbarians of the North who sacked Rome, as many believe, or was their relationship with the Romans more complex? This four-part series argues that Germanic tribes actually preserved the Roman legacy, after phases of unreported cooperation and co-existence with the empire they eventually toppled. See how the Germanic tribes lived, fought and worshipped their gods. Intricate 3D animation shows how they built their settlements, buried their kings, vanquished their enemies. Roman cities such as the ancient Cologne, home of the Romanophile Germans, and the Roman limes, the border to free Germania, are also reconstructed through computer graphics and full-cast reenactments. Disc 1: Part 1: Barbarians against Rome and Part 2: Battle of Teutoburg Forest. Disc 2: Part 3: Pax Romana and Part 4: In the sign of the cross.
Gladiators: Blood Sport of the Colosseum (90 min.), see Ancient Civilizations.
Greek drama : from ritual to theater Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c2001. 1 streaming video (57 min.) from Theatre Video Online. : "Why do plays well over two millennia old still speak to audiences today? This program traces Greek theater from ancient harvest rites to the golden age of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. Key scenes from Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannus, Medea, and Lysistrata show how these works remain relevant by exploring the timeless themes of honor, class, gender, sexuality, and politics. Essential concepts such as catharsis, hamartia, and the use of masks and a chorus are discussed. Scholarly commentary by Helene Foley of Barnard College, Jeffrey Henderson of Boston University, Princeton University's Robert Fagles, and Peter Meineck of NYU's Aquila Theatre Company emphasizes the vitality of classical drama and the essential role it played in the everyday lives of the ancient Greeks"
The Greeks : Crucible of Civilization / PBS Home Video. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 140 min.) DF77 .G744 1999 VideoDVD : Dramatic storytelling and state-of-the-art computer animation recreate classical Greece of the 4th and 5th centures, B.C., founder of modern science, politics, warfare, philosophy, and source of breathtaking art and architecture. This dazzling production charts the rise, triumph, and eventual decline of the world's first democracy. Witness it all through the eyes of Pericles, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Also listed under Empires.
Helen of Troy / a Lion Television Production ; producer, Jessica Taylor ; director, Bill Locke. [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, 2005. 1 DVD videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. BL820.H45 H45 2005 VideoDVD : Acclaimed presenter of historic documentaries, Bettany Hughes, embarks on a journey across the eastern Mediterranean to discover the truth about Helen of Troy, the woman blamed for causing the Trojan War. Following weapons experts, the two-hour film shows how the conflict in Helen's name would have been fought, unraveling the reality from the myths and putting flesh on "the face that launched a thousand ships".
I, Caesar : the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire / Seventh Art Productions ; writer & director: Phil Grabsky. West Long Branch, NJ : Distributed by Kultur,  2 DVD videodiscs (294 min.) DG270 .I334 2008 VideoDVD 1-2. The public and private lives of six key men who ruled the Roman Empire: Julius Caesar; Augustus; Nero; Hadrian; Constantine; and Justinian. Includes unequaled location footage; unseen images; and careful re-enactments bringing the series to life.
In Search of the Trojan War / written and presented by Michael Wood ; directed by Bill Lyons ; series producer, Bill Lyons ; BBC Manchester. Burbank, CA : BBC Video : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2004. 2 DVDs (ca. 345 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. DF221.T8 W66 2004 VideoDVD 1-2 : For centuries, students have thrilled to Homer's intriguing epic poem of the fabled Trojan War. Yet how much truth lies in the lines of the Iliad? Charismatic historical Michael Wood goes on a real-life detective chase to bring to life the legendary heroes and romance of the 10-year Bronze Age struggle. The award-winning documentary was filmed in Greece, Turkey, Berlin, and Dublin.
The Land of the Pharaohs (120 min.), see Ancient Civilizations.
Last Stand of the 300 : the Legendary Battle at Thermopylae / produced by Limulus Productions, Inc. for the History Channel ; producers, Matt Koed, David W. Padrusch ; writers, Matt Koed, Sara Padrusch, and David W. Padrusch ; director/editor, David W. Padrusch. [United States] : A&E Home Video, 2007. 1 DVD videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. DF225.5 .L377 2007 VideoDVD : It is almost impossible to understand how 300 Spartans managed to hold off the million-man Persian army, but with transporting dramatizations and incisive graphics that put you in the heat of battle, learn the strategies and more in this historic battle.
Lost Legions of Rome / produced by Martin Mortimore. London : Passion Distribution, 2013. 1 streaming video file (22 min.) Available to the MSU Community via Alexander Street Press. In the year 9AD three legions of highly-trained and well-armed Roman troops were slaughtered in the Teutoburg Forest, North East Germany. Treachery from within and the unfamiliar and severe weather led to the Roman's defeat.
Pompeii : Daily Life of the Ancient Romans / conceived by Arrigo Equini ; historical consultant Alfonso DeFranciscis ; director of photography Mario Gianni ; editor Josip Duiella ; production coordinator Marcello Luipi ; music Mario Molino ; directed by Luigi Constantini. Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities, c1989. 1 VHS videocassette (45 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. DG70.P7 P75 1989 Videocassette :
Pompeii : The Last Day / a BBC/Discovery Channel/NDR co-production in association with France 2 ; executive producer, Michael Mosley ; director, Peter Nicholson ; producer, Alisa Orr. [England] : BBC Video, c2005. 1 DVD videodisc (50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.H5 P666 2005 VideoDVD : Recreates the greatest natural disaster of the ancient world--the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, almost 2000 years ago in AD79. Extra features: "Colosseum: a gladiator's story" (50 min.) ; interviews with filmmakers ; fact files.
Quest for the Phoenicians . [United States] : National Geographic, c2006. 1 DVD videodisc (55 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. DS81 .Q847 2006 VideoDVD : "Their sea-faring skills and vast trading network were the envy of the ancient world. But even today, the fabled Phoenicians remain a people shrouded in legend. Now, unravel a 3,000-year-old mystery as you join National Geographic on the Quest for the Phoenicians". Join two scientists and an explorer as they travel to Lebanon to find out more about the ancient Phoenicians. The scientists are using genetics to determine the link between the current Lebanese population and the early Phoenicians - from bone excavations made. Meanwhile, the explorer tries to retrace the shipping and sailing routes of the Phoenicians who were aggressive explorers and discovered and conquered other Mediterranean lands.
Roman City by David McCauley / directed by Larry Klein, fl. 2001; produced by Larry Klein, fl. 2001 (Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1994). Streaming video from PBS Video Collection. 55:44 mins : The glories of Ancient Rome are explored in ROMAN CITY, based on David Macaulay's acclaimed book. This animated and live-action video recounts life in Verbonia, a fictional city in Gaul. A well-planned town with all modern conveniences, it is threatened by conflict between conquerors and conquered. Macaulay also visits Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, Nimes, Orange, and Rome, to view actual Roman architecture and engineering greatness.
The Roman Empire in the First Century / written by Margaret Koval ; produced and directed by Margaret Koval and Lyn Goldfarb ; produced by Goldfarb and Koval Productions in association with PBS and Devillier Donegon Enterprises. [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment,  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 219 min.) DG78 .R66 2005 VideoDVD : Tells the story of the emperors, slaves, poets, and peasants who wrested order from chaos, built the most cosmopolitan society the world had ever seen, and shaped the Roman Empire in the first century. Originally broadcast on PBS as four ca. 60 min. episodes of an Empires special in 2001. Also listed under Empires.
Rome and Pompeii (120 min.), see Ancient Civilizations.
Rome : Power & Glory / Discovery Communications, Inc. ; produced by Ed Fields and Joel Westbrook ; directed by Graham Townsley. [S.l.] : TLC Video ; Chicago, IL : Questar, 1998. 2 DVD videodiscs (300 min.) DG209 .R553 1998 VideoDVD : Presents the complete history of Rome , from its primitive beginnings to the height of its glory and its eventual decline. Combines location footage of ancient monuments, detailed re-enactments, period art and writing, and insights from scholars and public figures.
Rome Reexamined : the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire / produced by Centre Communications Inc. for Ambrose Video Publishing. New York, NY : Ambrose Video Pub., c2008. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 30 min.) DG77 .R66 2008 VideoDVD : Contents - The rise and fall of the Roman Empire -- Augustus and the making of the Empire -- Julio-Claudian Dynasty -- The golden age of Imperial Rome -- Christianity in the Roman Empire -- Constantine and the institutionalization of Christianity.
Rome : Rise and Fall of an Empire / produced by Gardner Films Inc. for History ; producer, Robert Gardner ; head writer, Carrie Gardner ; executive producer for History, Dietrich Segarra. [New York] : A&E Television Networks : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, c2008. 4 DVD videodiscs (ca. 10 hr., 11 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. DG270 .R66 2008 VideoDVD discs 1-4 : Filled with dramatic re-enactments and action-packed battle scenes, watch the dramatic story of one of history's greatest empires, from its first major battle to its remarkable military feats and through its eventual fall. Contents : Disc 1. The first Barbarian War ; Spartacus ; Julius Caesar ; The forest of death -- Disc 2. The Invasion of Britain ; Dacian Wars ; Rebellion and betrayal -- Disc 3. Wrath of the gods ; The soldiers' emperor ; Constantine the Great -- Disc 4. The barbarian general ; The puppet master ; The last emperor.
The Spartans a Lion Television Production for Channel 4 ; series producer, Tim Kirby ; directed by Melanie Archer. [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, 2004, c2003. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 180 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. DF261.S8 S637 2004 VideoDVD : Chronicles the rise and fall of the civilization of ancient Sparta, considering socio-economic, political and military aspects and influence on later Western culture. Key battles (Thermopylae, Sphakteria, Syracuse) and individuals (Leonidas, Lysander, Lycurgus, Agesilaos) are examined. Includes location footage and battle re-enactments. Was Sparta a unique achievement or a prototype of future totalitarianism? Weigh the facts in this documentary about the enigmatic ancient civilization. Historian Bettany Hughes explains Sparta's culture, history, and downfall despite battle-hardened warriors, martially trained children, and powerful, liberated women. Sparta was victorious as an imperial power but succumbed to its own rigidity and internal collapse.
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, and, Plato, Alcibiades I / produced by BBC Television and The Greek Collection. Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1991. 1 VHS videocassette (72 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. DF229.T55 B37 1993 Videocassette : Set against the backdrop of the impending 1991 Persian Gulf War, Thucydides' history of the events leading up to the 27-year Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta is re-enacted. The film demonstrates, by using simple staging and plain costumes, that the politics of men and nations on the verge of war have changed little since ancient times.
A Treasure of Gold. In the 1970s, near the Greek village of Aidonia, a mule fell into a hole. Upon rescuing the animal, villagers discovered a rare golden treasure buried amidst a group of skeletons. They tried to keep it a secret. This is the story of the plunder of Mycenaean tombs and the recovery of precious cultural heritage. Video News from TAC, The Archaeology Channel, May 2013.
Women in classical Greek drama Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities and Sciences, c2003. 1 streaming video (37 min.) via Theatre in Video. : The presentation of powerful women in Medea, Antigone, and Lysistrata is contrasted with the circumscribed role of women in Athenian society by 6 university professors. Film clips from notable productions support this in-depth discussion.