Ancients Behaving Badly

Ancients Behaving Badly

DVD - 2010
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They employed a brutality which is staggering by today's standards. A fresh look at some of the world's most fascinating, iconic, and truly ruthless leaders, how they came to power and stayed in power, how they treated their subjects, friends and family, demonstrated battlefield leadership and achieved transformations at home.
Publisher: [United States] : A & E Television Networks : Distributed by New Video, c2010
ISBN: 9781422981245
Branch Call Number: DVD 930.0922 ANC
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 376 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Mee2 Aug 30, 2013

The patron Janice 21383 put it well: this program "is about as bad as it can be"! ZERO star!

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Janice21383
Aug 15, 2013

Ancients Behaving Badly is about as bad as it can be, without being actually wrong. On the one hand, there are sincere-looking academics involved, who provide brief insight. On the other, the series is designed for viewers with the attention span of a gnat. There is even a scale, which I call the B.S.-o-meter, that purports to scientifically measure if the subject is a sociopathic killer, or merely a pragmatic one. If you're looking for depth or complexity, look elsewhere.

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finn75
Jun 16, 2013

This was an interesting review of some of historys most brutal characters. I liked how they tested myths about them against modern day science. Well worth a look if you like history and have a grotty winter afternoon to kill!

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Keogh
Nov 17, 2012

Collection of eight documentaries on various tyrants, lunatics, and rulers of the ancient world (though I'd place Genghis Khan further ahead in time). The documentaries examine these people's bloody track records in various ways, with commentary and contributions from historians, archaeologists, psychiatrists, medical experts, weapons experts, and more, and follows in their footsteps. About the only problem of note that I had with the documentaries was unneeded animated vignettes, which looked badly done.

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