Part 2 of 4 recalls the intrigue and murderous treachery that marked the reigns of Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. Also: a look at life for the rich and the poor in the Imperial City; a soldiers' revolt in Germany; the life and death of Jesus.
Part 1 of a two-part profile of the German theologian (1483-1546) who started the Protestant Reformation. Included: Luther's entrance into a monastery; his anger at the papal practice of selling indulgences, which led him to post his 95 Theses in 1517.
Part 1 of a three-part history of Japan, from the first arrival of Westerners in 1543 to their return 310 years later. Included: a profile of the shogun who unified the country; a look at cultural and military traditions, such as the code of the samurai.
Part 1 of a four-part history of the ancient Jews focuses on Abraham, Moses, David and Jeremiah, but it begins during the Babylonian captivity of the sixth century BC, when the Bible began to take its present shape.
Part 3 of 4 chronicles the brutal early years of the Roman occupation of Judea. Included: the arrival of the Roman general Pompey in 63 BC and the destruction of the temple by Vespasian's troops in A.D. 70.
Conclusion. Cosimo is crowned Grand Duke of Florence. Also: a profile of Medici "spin doctor" Giorgio Vasari, who designed a Florence government building that is now the Uffizi gallery and coined the term "renaissance."
Part 3 of 4 traces the reigns of the Medici popes, Giovanni (Leo X) and Giulio (Clement VII), from 1512 to 1534. Included: the beginning of the Reformation, fueled by Martin Luther's outrage at Leo's practice of selling indulgences to support his lavish lifestyle.
Cast & Details
Premiered: July 11, 2001
Premise: The history of world empires are explored.