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Fall of the EmpiresThe Roman Empire (eps. 02)

The origin of Rome is marked by a legend.

A she-wolf is said to have suckled the abandoned twins Romulus and Remus. In 753 BC, on the hills overlooking the River Tiber, the young men establish a town. The brothers quarrel. Romulus kills his brother and the town is named Rome after him.

The small settlement on the Tiber will be the origin of an empire. The citizens of Rome will become rich traders and big landowners. Their prosperity is based on a well-organised agricultural system and flourishing trade. But Rome's wealth will be its downfall. The Roman Empire has left indelible traces on the history of the western world. Rome's legacy is immeasurable. To this day, its fall inspires the imagination and scientific research.

With the help of lavish scenes from Roman history, the era of the migration of nations and the most recent research findings, the fall of Rome is made tangible. The documentary provides an exciting picture of nearly one thousand years of European history.

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