Engineering An Empire: The Complete Series
A&E Video (2006)
TV Series  /  Documentary, History
In Collection
Seen ItYes
12 hr 28 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR (Not Rated)
Peter Weller Himself
Michael Carroll Narrator
Chris Cassel
Mark Cannon
Producer Chris Cassel
Dario Canciello
Writer Chris Cassel

In an era long passed, mighty empires were forged from nothing and rose to the heights of power. Join host Peter Weller, an actor and a professor at Syracuse University as he travels the world to show the engineering feats that gave rise to some of the greatest civilizations known to man. From Rome to the Pharaohs' Egypt, from Greece to Carthage, from the Aztecs to the Maya and more, this new program from the History Channel uses computer graphics to explore the architectural, political and cultural glory of the world's greatest empires.
Disc 01
 1 hr 0 mins    10/16/2006  1.  Greece
The creadle of Western civilization sustained remarkable technological advancement for over 1,000 years, including such masterpieces as the Tunnel of Samos and the Parthenon.
 1 hr 0 mins    10/23/2006  2.  Greece: Age of Alexander
After a century of tremendous accomplishment, Greece's territorial ambitions were stymied by constant warfare - until Alexander ventured abroad and initiated the Hellenistic era.
Director:  Christopher Cassel  Writer:  Christopher Cassel 
 1 hr 0 mins    10/30/2006  3.  The Aztecs
The Aztecs became one of the greatest civilizations in hstory through brilliant military campaigns and technological mastery of their harsh environment.
Director:  Christopher Cassel  / Ted Poole  Writer:  Christopher Cassel  / Ted Poole 
Disc 02
 1 hr 0 mins    11/6/2006  4.  Carthage
Find out how Carthaginian engineers harnessed their extensive resources and manpower to develop some of the ancient world's most groundbreaking technology.
Director:  Ted Poole  Writer:  Ted Poole 
 1 hr 0 mins    12/4/2006  5.  China
Centruy after century, China's regal emperors mobilized immense peasant armies to accomplish unfathomable feats - including the most ambitious contruction project ever completed.
 1 hr 0 mins    11/13/2006  6.  Russia
From the Moscow Kremlin to St. Petersburg to the trans-Siberian railroad, examine the architecture and infrastructure that led to the rise and fall of the Russian Empire.
Director:  Jessica Conway  Writer:  Jessica Conway 
Disc 03
 1 hr 0 mins    11/27/2006  7.  Britain: Blood and Steel
Through the centuries, the British Empire used extraordinary engineering technology to become an industrial and military titan, giving rise to such inventions as the first locomotive.
Director:  Jessica Conway  / Dana N. Ross  Writer:  Jessica Conway  / Dana N. Ross 
 1 hr 0 mins    12/4/2006  8.  The Persians
The engineering feats of the mysterious Persian Empire include a water management system, a paved cross-continent roadway, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Director:  Dana N. Ross  / Sarah Hutt  Writer:  Dana N. Ross  / Sarah Hutt 
 1 hr 0 mins    11/13/2006  9.  The Maya: Death Empire
By 900 AD, the once-glorious Mayan cities disappeared. Unravel the mystery surrounding this mythic civilization through its spectacular infratructure and architecture.
Director:  Sarah Hutt  Writer:  Sarah Hutt 
Disc 04
 1 hr 0 mins    12/18/2006  10.  Napoleon: Steel Monster
When France stood on the precipice of disaster, one of the most legendary military strategists in history arose from its ashes: Napoleon
 1 hr 0 mins    12/25/2006  11.  The Byzantines
As much of the world descended into the the Dark Ages, the Byzanine Empire emerged with ruthless might and supreme ingenuity, ruling over vast swaths of Europe and Asia.
 1 hr 0 mins    1/8/2007  12.  Da Vinci's World
After the deep sleep of the Dark Ages, it wasn't until the 11th-century that autonomous city-states emerged in Italy, revitalizing metropolises and paving the way for the Renaissance.
Disc 05
 1 hr 0 mins    12/18/2006  13.  Rome
For more than 500 years, Rome was the most powerful and advanced civilization the world had ever known, ruled by visionaries and tyrants whose accomplishments ranged from awe-inspiring to deplorable. One characteristic linked them all - ambition - and the thirst for power that all Roman emperors shared fueled an unprecedented mastery of engineering and labor. This documentary special chronicales the spectacular and sordid history of the Roman Empire from the rise of Julius Ceasar in 55 BC to the eventual fall around 537 AD, detailing the remarkable engineering feats that set Rome apart from the rest of the ancient world.
Disc 06
 1 hr 0 mins    12/25/2006  14.  Egypt
Five thousand years ago - nearly two millennia before the Romans built their first mud huts - ancient Egypt's mighty pharaohs began commissioning and building monumental masterpieces whose scale, beauty, and sophistication still boggle the mind.
    Seen it: Yes   1 hr 0 mins    1/8/2007  15.  Da Vinci's World
After the fall of Rome, Italy fell into a dark sleep, and wasn't reawakened until the 11th century. Autonomous city-states emerged and these tiny republics began to revitalize their cities and build on a massive level not witnessed since the rise of Rome. In the late 15th and 16th centuries, alliances among various city-states continually shifted as foreign superpowers tried to sink their claws into Italy. The masters who are best known for creating the works of art and architecture of the Renaissance, were also the greatest military and civil engineers of the time.
Edition Details
Series Engineering An Empire
Release Date 9/25/2007
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Audio Tracks Stereo [English]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Discs/Tapes 6
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