Secrets of Lost Empires - Episode 3: Colosseum (Documentary)
The civilizations of the ancient world left behind awe-inspiring examples of their engineering genius. Yet few clues remain to tell us just how, with limited technology, they achieved their extraordinary feats. To uncover the secrets of such Herculean labours, NOVA sent teams of experts to five archaeological sites. The challenges? To actually test their building hypotheses - using traditional techniques.
Episode 3: Colosseum The marvels of Roman public architecture and hydraulic engineering are explored in a show that looks at the structure of amphitheatres such as the Colosseum. A little known feature of these amphitheatres is that they were originally roofed by canvas covers that were retracted when the arena was not in use. But how did the Romans devise a mechanism as tricky as a huge retractable roof? Our team of archaeologists and engineers will tackle the problem that the ancient Romans solved in one of the most stri
Welcome to the world of Lucius Popidius Secundus, a 17-year old living in Rome in 73 AD. His life is a typical one of arranged marriages, coming-of-age festivals, and communal baths. Take a look at this exquisitely detailed lesson on life of a typical Roman teenager two thousand years ago.
Third-century China got around the ancient world. They even made it to the Roman Empire, and wrote down their thoughts on these strange foreigners in the Weilüe, a third-century C.E. account of the interactions between the two nations. Here's what China had to say about their imperial neighbors!
Everything in the world is afraid of time, and time is afraid of the pyramids. In the end of this year we would like to invite our visitors to have a bird-eye view of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt - the only one of Seven Wonders of the World which is still standing...