Roman

GLOBE TREKKER
Food Hour: Sicily

GLOBE TREKKER: Food Hour: Sicily

 

Trekker Bobby Chinn discovers the cultural and historical influences that define contemporary Sicilian food. Occupations by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, the French and the Spanish have all played their part by introducing techniques and ingredients that have created an intriguing cuisine.

 

 

SECRETS OF THE DEAD
Nero’s Sunken City

 

Baiae, near the modern city of Naples, Italy, was an escape for ancient Rome’s powerful elite, the Las Vegas of its day. Now, follow archaeologists who are mapping underwater ruins and piecing together what life was like in this playground for the rich.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Building England II

GLOBE TREKKER: Building England II

 

Host Judith Jones continues her exploration of English architecture with a look at the Georgian and Victorian styles. Among the places we’ll see: Queen’s House in Greenwich; St. Paul’s Cathedral in London; Osterley House in Middlesex; Hammerwood Lodge in East Sussex; and the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Building England I

GLOBE TREKKER: Building England I

 

In this two-part special, host Judith Jones walks viewers through the history of English buildings. Among the locations we’ll visit in this episode are the Roman edifices in Lindisfarne, Warkworth Castle in Northumberland, Kentwell Hall in Suffolk and Burghley House in Lincolnshire.

 

NOVA
Roman Catacomb Mystery

 

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs, a labyrinth of tunnels that is a cemetery for the citizens of ancient Rome. In 2002, maintenance workers stumbled through an opening in one of the tunnel walls and discovered a previously unknown complex of six small rooms, each stacked floor to ceiling with skeletons. NOVA’s forensic investigation opens insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens during the heyday of the mighty Roman Empire.

 

TIME SCANNERS
Colosseum

 

With cutting-edge technology that can “read” buildings, ruins and landscapes from ancient worlds, TIME SCANNERS reveals physical and forensic history, allowing viewers to virtually reach out and touch the past.

 

Colosseum
The team uses laser-scanning technology to uncover the engineering secrets behind ancient Rome’s Colosseum. Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of laser-scanning experts to Rome on a quest to uncover some of the engineering world’s oldest mysteries of the Colosseum. Using cutting-edge 3D laser-scanning technology, the team wants to answer three questions. How did the Romans produce some of the most impressive gladiatorial games ever seen in Europe? How did the Colosseum’s mysterious roof really work? Finally, how does the mighty Colosseum compare, in state of the art computer testing, to the sports stadiums of the 21st century?

 

NOVA
Colosseum: Roman Death Trap

 

The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical arena, tens of thousands of gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals met their deaths. Ancient texts report lions and elephants emerging from beneath the floor, as if by magic, to ravage gladiators and people condemned to death. Then, just as quickly, the Colosseum could be flooded with so much water that ships could engage in sea battles. Could these legends be true? Now, with access to one of the world’s most protected world heritage sites, archaeologists and engineers team up to re-create ancient Roman techniques to build a 25-foot lifting machine and trap-door system capable of releasing a wolf into the Colosseum’s arena for the first time in 1,500 years.