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Roman Invasion of Britain

Premier :: 2011-06-25

Airs :: Saturday 20.15 on History

Genre :: Documentary
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Summary

For several centuries, immediately after the time of Christ, the people of Britain found themselves if not the slaves then certainly the servants of one of the mightiest empires the world has ever seen - the empire of Rome. In this three-part series every phase in the long history of Roman Britain will be looked at. We will chart the way in which the Roman conquerors interacted with the native inhabitants of the land they called ‘Britannia’ and find out who gained most from the Roman occupation - us or them?

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 1 - Onslaught
Aired - 15 July 2009

Episode summary:

The Romans came to Britain and conquered it, ruling the island for centuries. But why did they come and how did they succeed in the face of the inhabitants’ ferocious resistance? Using state-of-the-art graphic imagery and expert reconstructions of the Roman army in action, Bettany Hughes goes back in time to see how they inspired shock and awe. Hughes analyses the motives and actions of Roman emperors and generals, and of their opponents like Caratacus, a warrior from South-East England who became a hero to the Britons.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 3 Dominion Aired - 15 July 2009
+ Episode - 2 Revolt Aired - 15 July 2009
+ Episode - 1 Onslaught Aired - 15 July 2009

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