1.jpg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”300″ />The ancient Roman Empire was a story of both myth and legend! A lot of what the modern western world takes for granted can trace its roots back to it! A few obvious examples of this being, Christianity, certain segments of modern law could be said to have its basis in ancient Roman law, etc… I mean this civilization ended up at its height controlling a majority of the known world at that time!
Since the final down fall of the Roman Empire in 1453, the Empire has survived in both the novelized form as well as in the movies and on TV in such works as, The Centurion: A Novel (A novel by Jan de Hartog), Rome (An HBO miniseries), Spartucus (1960) a movie starring: Kirk Douglas (The Final Countdown)
Another form is in documentary form, which is a fascinating more indepth look at various segements of the Roman Empire… That is why I am glad that I am able to recommend the documentary, Pompeii: Back From The Dead (2011)!
Written and Directed by: Paul Elston (Cleopatra: Portrait Of A Killer) and also directed by: Steffan Boje (c). Narrated and hosted by: Don Wildman (New York Waiting)
Through interviews with the various University researchers from all over the world that have been sent in to excavate and study the ruins of the once great and legendary Roman city of Pompeii (and the lesser known Roman cities of Herculaneum and Aplontis), this documentary attempts to re-create the final days of these three cities from the beginning when a massive Earthquake had rocked the city of Pompeii on its side (and the eventual withdraw of a large portion of its citizenry to safer areas) to the final destruction of that entire area of Italy!
Included with in this documentary is some evidence documenting how certain segments of the population of Pompeii had tried to survive the final holocaust in the fortified cellars underneath at least one rich man’s cellar, and essentially how these once well off seaside Roman towns had in the end become forgotten relics of a time long since past until they began to be un earthed at the beginning of the 19th century!
Now what I personally thought made this documentary great is just the wealth of knowledge about this tragedy that I didn’t even know about in regards to this tragedy!
So if your an ancient history fan, or if you like documentaries in general, I recommend checking this one out, it is a good one!