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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ancients Behaving Badly

Were these men as depraved or as noble as the stories suggest?

History has had its share of infamous events through lives of tyrants. Historical experts will look at these tyrants with a modern eye to show them as real people, doing psychiatric profiling to piece together what was going on in their heads and see how they measure up to other brutal rulers.

HISTORY™ cuts through the folklore to present precise portraits of some of the world’s most fascinating, iconic, and ruthless leader.

Using the latest historical discoveries, forensic science tests, archaeological finds, analysis of torture instruments, and battlefield dynamics, ANCIENTS BEHAVING BADLY sheds light on these leaders and how they really came to power (most killed off family members); treated their subjects, friends, and family; were so successful in keeping their power; demonstrated battlefield leadership; and achieved such spectacular transformations at home. Expert interviews, on-location shots, and CGI help to re-create their environments and provide stunning reenactments.

Ancients Behaving Badly is an eight part series for History Television that applies a modern analytical take to some of classical history’s most infamous rulers.

Evidence for the lives of these people comes from very limited and biased sources. Like all histories, they’re written by the victors, whether the dynasty that usurped the line of Nero and Caligula and therefore had a vested interest in making them look bad, or the history of the Mongols, a hagiography to Genghis Khan written by his successors designed to make him look great.
This series will answer these questions. Using physical testing, archaeology and a modern knowledge of the sciences from toxicology to ballistics we will re-appraise their lives to separate fact from fiction.
Historical experts will take us to the sites of some of the most pivotal or infamous events of their lives and we will piece together what really happened. Highly stylized two and a half D graphics will be used to bring the crucial and violent moments of their lives to life.
And psychiatric profiling will help us to piece together what was going on inside their heads and then see how they measure up to other brutal rulers on our unique Ancients Behaving Badly Psycho-graph.
By looking at these tyrants with a modern eye, the series aims to show them as real people, who behaved and thought and acted in ways that we can recognize. We will test the stories told about them in the crucible of the modern world. (More details at Amazon.com)
Episodes included: Caligula, Attila The Hun, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Nero, Hannibal, Genghis Khan and Cleopatra

Watch the full documentary now (playlist – 5 hours)



  1. Thank you for sharing this documentary. I will bookmark the link for future reference. I definitely want to watch it.

  2. By the way, the linked website is outstanding. It's one of my favorite.

  3. I love the
    thorough presentation
    and analytical take
    to some of
    classical history's
    most infamous rulers.

    I do know now
    what I didn't know then.
    Please do watch...

  4. Precisamente.

    My favorite website, too.
    I think I've
    seen you cite
    some stuff
    from this
    wonderful treasure
    trove of
    documentary films...