The Battle for Rome (2004)
Imperium - Fall of Great Empires
The Roman Empire was born almost 3000 years ago in central Italy. 800 years after its founding it encompassed the entire known world & lasted just over 1000 years. However, the empire didn't so much fall, but slowly evolved into a new European culture. Did the superpower of the ancient world simply collapse on account of its size? Was it the power struggles of rival contenders for the throne, economic crises, epidemics such as malaria and the effects of climate change that brought about the fall of Rome?
The establishment of Christianity as the state religion put an end to the "old Rome". The principle state doctrine "the right of the strongest" is undermined causing a waning of the Roman will to resist. We recreate the common scenarios of the downfall--and include new and surprising aspects.
Fall of the Great Empires bestows a human face on once magnificent empires. What were the events that brought about the sudden fall of highly advanced empires such as Persia, Egypt, Carthage and Rome? A team of international researchers specifically examine the causes of collapse, pinpointing the fascinating moments in which the destinies of entire nations and empires were determined and compellingly illustrates how, for a brief moment in history, the development of today’s world hung by a thread.