Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire

The Roman Empire was the largest and most powerful in history, but how did ancient Rome achieve its greatness? And why did it eventually collapse? This series explores these questions, following the most dramatic Roman characters as they lead an empire slowly sliding to its own destruction and the foreign leaders who brought about that destruction. The living environment of the time is vividly recreated: teeming Roman streets, struggling armies, gladiators, Roman excesses and debauchery, the camps and villages of the barbarians, and the deeply human struggle of outsiders to conquer and Romans to survive.