Greece and Rome Resources for High School

Empires: The Roman Empire in the First Century

Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the first century, the ancient world was ruled by Rome. Through the experiences, memories, and writings of the people who lived it, this series tells the story of that timeā€”the emperors and slaves, poets and plebeians, who wrested order from chaos, built the most cosmopolitan society the world had ever seen and shaped the Roman empire in the first century A.D. PBS DVD, $19.99

Empires: The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

Dramatic storytelling and state-of-the-art computer animation re-create Classical Greece of the fourth and fifth centuries, 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. PBS DVD, $19.99.

Engineering the Impossible

These three full-length National Geographic specials reveal the engineering genius and human drama behind the Colosseum, Chartres Cathedral, and the Great Pyramid. Includes computer-generated recreations, historic details, and fresh new perspectives on these man-made wonders. Witness how these remarkable buildings were constructed without modern tools or technology, how they fostered ground-breaking architectural innovations still in use today, and how each continues to stand as an enduring monument to the strength and daring of the human imagination. National Geographic, two DVD discs, 2007, 150 minutes, $34.95.


The British Museum's website includes several videos on Hadrian which can be watched via a computer. Hadrian Introductory Video, 1 min, 26 sec. Hadrian, A new Emperor, 3 min, 3 sec. The Power of Image, 4 min, 10 sec. An Emperor's Love, 3 min, 2 sec. The Imperial Palace, 2 min, 25 sec Building the Wall, 3 min,14 sec.

In The Footsteps of Paul

Host Tony Moore. Filmed in Turkey, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Greece, and Italy, this set of three DVDs includes 20 30-minutes episodes. $259.


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