What the Ancients Knew - Rome

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  • Published: 30 December 2012
  • More than 2,000 years ago, the Roman army swept across Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East. Backed by the legions, their military, and engineering skills, the Romans built one of the largest empires in history, dominating as many as 36 modern nations. Technology helped shape the ancient world and reverberates in our Western lifestyle and amenities today. But the Roman legacy is less about invention itself than about the spreading of the ancient technology. Rather than invent most of what they became famous for, the Romans adopted, perfected, and spread their enemies' inventions throughout their empire.

    Hosted by Jack Turner. Published by Discovery Channel, 2008.

Comments • 686

  • Joe Cephas
    Joe Cephas  2 days back

    26:40 Fool str8 look and pointed at the man's junk... "Yo camera man, IDK WTF gonna happen the way this guy smiling at me, just don't leave me alone in there with him!"

    • john brennan
      john brennan  2 days back

      Why you dirty little moon walking midget.

    • Reyter
      Reyter  1 weeks back

      This narrator: "it was the greatest and most enduring empire the world has ever seen." A little later followed by "as an eternal student of history". Someone with an elementary education sitting in China: "Someone please tell this moron to STFU."

      • Martha Farr
        Martha Farr  1 weeks back

        HOW SAD TO READ SUCH STUPID IGNORANT COMMENTS OF BASED IGNORANCE. THE ROMANS WERE A LADDER TO OUR FUTURE IF YOU CAN'T WRITE INTELLIGENT REMAKS PLEASE HIDE YOUR IGNORANCE AND SAY NOTHING DON'T PROSTITUTE FREEDOM OF SPEECH PLEASE!!! THE MAN WHO IS SAYING THIS STORY TO US TOOK TIME TO READ AND STUDY TO TELL US ABOUT THE PAST PLEASE BE GRATEFUL TO HIM THAT HE TOOK TIME TO TEACH YOU SOMETHING NOBLE !!! THANK YOU SIR FOR TRYING TO TEACH US HOW THE PAST CAN HELP THE FUTURE!!!

        • zerpashmal
          zerpashmal  1 weeks back

          whitewashing and lies. Rome was filthy and dirty and the culture of bathing was nowhere universal. Slaves build everything and , and not soldiers.

          • Edric Dayne
            Edric Dayne  2 weeks back

            The producer's name is HG Wells

            • Sheryl Lynn
              Sheryl Lynn  2 weeks back

              2019 EXCELLENT PRESENTATION

              • James
                James  2 weeks back

                I love this stuff. I like the perspective of this documentary, which focuses on how things worked rather than judgments and conclusions about the Romans. I like the emphasis on industry, engineering, and health.

                • rick m
                  rick m  2 weeks back

                  Romans were and are destroyers of civilization, plain and simple. Godless c__ksuckers, literally.

                  • Hans Hoerdemann
                    Hans Hoerdemann  2 weeks back

                    Diabolic.

                    • david spiteri
                      david spiteri  2 weeks back

                      Fucking Dagoess

                      • Lucis Han
                        Lucis Han  2 weeks back

                        oh wow, the presenter this guy is amazing

                        • Pat Mullarkey
                          Pat Mullarkey  2 weeks back

                          Good engineers, definitely, but you're overdoing praising them. (And other civilizations also had water works.)Their m.o. was to
                          destroy other countries when they needed money to finance a project. Then overtax the survivors and when they couldn't pay, make them into slaves. Slave trade was one of their big money-makers. Greed, over the top violence. Let's see, Caesar boasted he killed 1 million Gauls and enslaved another million. Romans were predators. Thugs. Only honorable leader was Marcus Aurelius.

                          Voting by the public or Senate ...ah no... the military and Praetorian Guard were soon naming the emperors in Rome's history. The number of people who died in the Colosseum was about 400,000 and around 1 million animals died. North African elephant and European lion went extinct, because of the Colosseum. There is so much more....but hey, all I am saying is "balance" in talking about history. Tired of people holding up Romans as a model for civilizations.

                          • Antoine Compagnoni
                            Antoine Compagnoni  2 weeks back

                            FYI the origin of arch was the Near East. Large arches were first built by the Persians/Parthians/ Sassanians. Please see the following https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arch

                            • Michael K
                              Michael K  3 weeks back

                              Mr. Student of History needs to do a little more research. The Islamic\Arab Empire was larger in area in terms of land size, stretching from current day Spain to India. They contributed more to science, mathematics, and Medicine to our modern world more then the Romans did. Not taking away from the Romans, they were an amazing empire; just stating facts.

                              • Chrisrine Atkinson
                                Chrisrine Atkinson  3 weeks back

                                I don't know how healthy the water was. The pipes were made of lead

                                • cheryl taylor
                                  cheryl taylor  2 weeks back

                                  So were the cups [mixture of lead and pewter] they drank heated Wine from

                              • Alice
                                Alice  3 weeks back

                                Wow this took a turn at 25 mins lol

                              • Jack Doe
                                Jack Doe  3 weeks back

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                                • Marcin Marecki
                                  Marcin Marecki  3 weeks back

                                  Why do balisters command in Germany ? Than should command in Latian !

                                  • Kian McWilliams
                                    Kian McWilliams  4 weeks back

                                    48:53 Is that a Roman salute?

                                    • Joe Cephas
                                      Joe Cephas  2 days back

                                      No s'r, that rite theyre is hwhat they call the nazzee saylewt.

                                  • Nicolas Johnson
                                    Nicolas Johnson  1 months back

                                    the tip is special, it is designed to penetrate, but most importantly you have to hit the target

                                    • mobis ware
                                      mobis ware  1 months back

                                      I hate it when they make these shows all about the host. History programs should never show the narrator.

                                      • Robert engledow
                                        Robert engledow  1 months back

                                        Great documentary thanks our ancestors were still sleeping with there animals .in mud huts .

                                        • DADA NA UMUNZE
                                          DADA NA UMUNZE  1 months back

                                          THE GREATEST EMPIRE ON THE HISTORY OF THE EARTH

                                          • Blackadder75
                                            Blackadder75  3 weeks back

                                            China was about the same size I think, but the Romans have had a greater impact on the future

                                        • 2serveand2protect
                                          2serveand2protect  1 months back

                                          Great doc, mate! Thumb up & subbed - have a great day everyone! ;)

                                          • 2serveand2protect
                                            2serveand2protect  1 months back

                                            I am thinking about that brigde in Genova that recenly collapsed killing God knows how many people and cannot stop wondering how "proud" would the Ancient Romans have been of their grand-grand-grandsons who - despite having all the blessings of modern technology - cannot build a bridge STRAIGHT... The viaduct at Pont-du-Gard that they built is high about 200 + meters and after 2000 years is STILL THERE - TOWERING over the valley! Us Italians cannot build one fucking bridge that would stand more than 50 years and kills dozens of people when it collapses...

                                            • just a curious kidd
                                              just a curious kidd  1 months back

                                              28:57 Peloponneses is not shown on the map.

                                              • Paul Obrien
                                                Paul Obrien  1 months back

                                                right cock watcher

                                                • Bill J
                                                  Bill J  1 months back

                                                  imagine having to poop with other people around you in the open from those public latrines. Imagine if you were a man, crapping in comfort around women, children, the young and old and business owners and pretty much anybody that has to take a dump. It was a great idea but no privacy. Back then, nobody cared about what your body looks like. If you were obese, you were considered wealthy so if you were a chubby wubby walking into a latrine, expect women to take you in the bath house and do as the romans do.

                                                  • Buster Biloxi
                                                    Buster Biloxi  1 months back

                                                    They both looked very keen on "bathing".

                                                    • Georg Rusbeck
                                                      Georg Rusbeck  1 months back

                                                      In Carnuntum (similar size to Cologne) they rebuild a bath. It's was amazing

                                                      • I. M. Notamoose
                                                        I. M. Notamoose  1 months back

                                                        One incorrect item. Glass does not need to be cut using diamond, it is what is used in recent times. Ancient glass has a hardness of 5 to 7 (Mohs scale) depending on specific ingredients used, any mineral with a hardness greater than the glass can be used to scratch (or cut) the glass. Topaz, corundum (ruby, sapphire and other colors or names depending on impurities) and diamond are three such examples. There are many others, including quartz crystal for softer glasses.

                                                        • Angel Carreto
                                                          Angel Carreto  1 months back

                                                          Bruh DAB

                                                          • Jim LaGuardia
                                                            Jim LaGuardia  2 months back

                                                            1. The pilam was designed to bend after striking the target, so that it could not be used against the Romans by the enemy targets. 2. Latin for city is urbe. Colonia means settlement.

                                                            • Ty Smith
                                                              Ty Smith  2 months back

                                                              27:10 did they really need to show two naked, clammy dudes?
                                                              I'm pretty sure most people know what the purpose of a bath is. The only people that are that ignorant are americans, I'm pretty sure even they know what a bath is.

                                                              • Jim Brinkley
                                                                Jim Brinkley  2 months back

                                                                Excellent piece! Thank you.

                                                                • Ty Smith
                                                                  Ty Smith  2 months back

                                                                  Damn, this presenter loves his blue shirts. I've not seen him in any other shirt colour.

                                                                  • metamaggot
                                                                    metamaggot  2 months back

                                                                    the inventors of cultural appropriation

                                                                    • Jason L
                                                                      Jason L  2 months back

                                                                      26:00 Video takes a strange, awkward turn.

                                                                      • Mark Kmiecik
                                                                        Mark Kmiecik  2 months back

                                                                        Diamond is not the only thing hard enough to cut glass. Glass has a hardness of 5.5 on the Mohs scale. Carborundum is 8.5 and would have worked very well to work glass.

                                                                        • Franco Flores Pérez
                                                                          Franco Flores Pérez  2 months back

                                                                          how expensive must a documentary be that u need to make a gay porn to pay expenses...

                                                                        • John d
                                                                          John d  2 months back

                                                                          Jack needs to get back to making documentary's about the ancient world. There is plenty to go at!

                                                                          • CFITOMAHAWK2
                                                                            CFITOMAHAWK2  2 months back

                                                                            Greeks and Etruscans robbed and destroyed by the Romans. Just like Northeast USA been destroyed by the Mafia corporations overprizing everything..

                                                                            • CFITOMAHAWK2
                                                                              CFITOMAHAWK2  2 months back

                                                                              @ITILII Leftist policies worked in most Europe except in Muslim areas of some cities in France , Germany and England. Same kind of people that infected those well intentioned leftist laws areas of Detroit, Chicago, New York City, etc... Same African criminals..

                                                                            • ITILII
                                                                              ITILII  2 months back

                                                                              And just like US cities have been destroyed by leftist policies by people who have no regard for themselves, let alone others

                                                                          • Larry Ballenger
                                                                            Larry Ballenger  2 months back

                                                                            Rome is a warning say NO TO MULTICULTURALIST NONSENSE!

                                                                            • Michele Ellis
                                                                              Michele Ellis  2 months back

                                                                              Watching it now.. History is repeating itself at this very moment and eventually we are going to fall too. Wonder what our buildings will look like 2000 years from now. Probably ruins.

                                                                          • Keefus88
                                                                            Keefus88  2 months back

                                                                            Those two def got it on after the interview..."when in Rome eh?"

                                                                            • Rob Schuzer
                                                                              Rob Schuzer  2 months back

                                                                              ‘Ya we are going to bathe and er you are to taking off your clothes and I will watch’...you could have just got actors to the scene.

                                                                              • Ross Eion Tought
                                                                                Ross Eion Tought  2 months back

                                                                                The Etruscans had built in Rome before the Romans.., your research has let you down. Where do you get your info from..??

                                                                                • Nobody Knows
                                                                                  Nobody Knows  1 months back

                                                                                  Etruscans were the first people encountered by the Romans. They lived to the south of Rome, not actually where Rome was.

                                                                              • Petrus Invictus
                                                                                Petrus Invictus  2 months back

                                                                                It is like Trump, here you stop. Real Rome was filled with people of all colours!