Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire

Published on 7th June 2017 by

Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire is a 2006 docudrama series consisting of six one hour long episodes which each look at a different key turning point in the history of the Roman Empire, primarily focusing on the western half of the Roman Empire. The series was a co-production between the BBC, Discovery Channel, and ZDF. The series is not to be confused with the similarly titled History Channel series Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire (2008).

All six one hour long episodes are available to watch here on Documentary Vine, navigate them via the numbered tabs beneath the video player or by using the episode list below.

Episode List


A companion book authored by Simon Baker was published by BBC books, Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, it is 448 pages long and available in paperback or kindle formats.

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1 comment

  • Marcus Anton 3 months ago

    Found your depiction of Julius Caesar was contrary to much of what is known about him. Typical of BBC. The facts as to events were on par with what is known mainly do to his own writings. However, you make him out to be a total ass uncaring about his men which according to the same writings you took your facts from makes that assumption to be incorrect.


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