Empires Collection: The Dynasties

This DVD box set originally aired on PBS and received critical praise. Whether you are an academic, a lover of history or a history student; these DVDs are bound to entertain and educate. Featuring the mightiest and most notorious dynasties in history; watch them in their glories, struggles, conquests, and defeats. The Dynasties collection encapsulates five exceptional accounts of some of the greatest dynasties that ruled vast regions of our world.

The leaders of the most powerful civilizations will also be cast into focus as they reflect the best and worst of humanity. World leaders with power, passion, persuasion and ruthlessness are explored in this wonderful set of DVDs.

Chapter by chapter account of each DVD disk:

Disc #1 — The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization
1. Introduction – Early Athens [16:18]
2. Pisistratus' Rule – The Growth of Athens [9:26]
3. Government in Chaos [12:18]
4. Revolution and Democracy [7:34]
5. The Battle of Marathon [7:24]
6. Preparation for War [5:48]
7. The Battle of Salamis [20:43]
8. Pericles Takes Athens to Glory [2:13]
9. The Building of Parthenon [13:37]
10. Socrates the Philosopher [3:54]
11. Plague Strikes Athens [7:37]
12. Defeat in Sicily [9:02]
13. Defeat in the Peloponnesian War [5:22]
14. Socrates' Trial and Execution [4:30]
15. An Empire of the Mind [8:07]

Disc #2 — The Roman Empire in the First Century
1. Introduction [2:49]
2. Order From Chaos [12:20]
3. Frivolous Inspirations [12:57]
4. An Innocent Face [8:41]
5. Give Me Back My Legions [9:25]
6. Dancing in the Dark [6:49]
7. Introduction [1:56]
8. Years of Trial [9:52]
9. A Tainted Age [13:06]
10. Blessed are the Meek [9:07]
11. God-Haters [9:36]
12. Wearing the Toga [9:56]
13. Credits [1:14]

1. Introduction
2. Winds of Change
3. The Road to Damascus
4. An Armed and Threatening Force
5. A Desert Called Peace
6. Better Than the Wicked
7. A Fateful Gamble
8. Introduction
9. Years of Eruption
10. Timeless Works
11. I Think I'm Becoming a God
12. The Thickening Fog
13. The Full Light of Fame

Disc #3 — Egypt's Golden Empire
2. Introduction
3. The Warrior Pharaohs
4. War and the Birth of an Empire
5. Hatshepsut – Daughter of a God
6. Thutmosis III – The Conqueror of Megiddo
7. Introduction
8. Pharaohs of the Sun
9. Amennhotep III – Protector of Peace and Prosperity
10. Akhenaten and Nefertiti
11. Tutankhamen – A Dynasty, a country, an Empire

1. Introduction
2. The Last Great Pharaoh
3. Ramesses – Ruler of Rulers
4. Valley of the Kings
5. Ramesses II Revisited
6. A Crumbling Empire

Disc #4 — Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire
1. Introduction
2. The Way of the Samurai
3. He Cuts His Belly
4. Perished in the Flames
5. Tomb of the Traitors
6. The Making of a Shogun
7. Hideyoshi's Ghost

1. Introduction
2. The Will of the Shogun
3. Lords and Vassals
4. He Spared No One
5. Disturbing Difficulties
6. On Penalty of Death
7. The Final Revolt

1. Introduction
2. The Return of the Barbarians
3. The Doctor and the Shogun
4. The City of Samurai
5. The Floating World
6. Corpse of the Criminal
7. The Alien Barbarians

Disc #5 — The Medici: Godfathers of the Rennaissance
1. Introduction
2. Rise of a Florentine Dynasty
3. Unfinished Cathedral
4. Brunelleschi's Vision
5. Cosimo Succeeds Giovanni
6. Cosimo's Exile & Return
7. Cosimo the Patron
8. Building the Dome
9. Medici Triumph

1. Introduction
2. Threats & Uncertainty
3. Lorenzo Takes Over
4. Art Flourishes
5. Murder in the Cathedral
6. Lorenzo the Magnificent
7. Leonardo & Michelangelo
8. Lorenzo Loses His Grip
9. Bonfire of the Vanities

1. Introduction
2. Michelangelo's David
3. Cousins in Exile
4. Machiavelli's Downfall
5. Giovanni Becomes Pop Leo X
6. Michelangelo & the Sistine Chapel
7. Papacy in Ruins
8. Disastrous Pope Clements VII
9. The Last Judgment

1. Introduction
2. Cosimo Steps Up
3. Security & Bureaucracy
4. Lives of the Artists
5. Roman Inquisitions
6. Galileo's Genius
7. Medici Fail Galileo
8. Medici Legacy

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