History's Ancient Legacies' combines spectacular new location footage with colorful, illustrative 3D animation sequences, and authoritative comment and analysis to provide a perfect introduction to the world's great lost treasures of ancient civilizations. Through the magic of 3D animation we can see how the Earth's ancient legacies such as Pompeii, Stonehenge, Hadrian's Wall and the Great Pyramids would have looked in their heyday. In addition, reconstructions provide an atmospheric taste of everyday life in ancient times and a team of leading authorities supply simple and concise analysis.
Series of six programs on 3 DVD's
- Disk 1
Volume 1 : POMPEII
Pompeii was buried beneath a mountain of wet ash when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Much of Pompeii, its people, its art and structures are preserved for us to study because of the seal this ash created around the city. Using superb 3D Graphics and computer animation, this Video takes the student back to the city as it was and uses the latest views of the ruins to offer a history lesson unique in every way.
Volume 2: STONEHENGE
This is an incredible monument dating from around 2,800 BC. Using the very latest in advanced computer animation, this Video lets the student step back in time to see the origin of the stones and the monument in its original form. Leading authors explain the latest theories and known facts about one of the great treasures of the ancient world.
- Disk 2
Volume 3: THE AZTECS AND THE MAYANS
Although the Aztec capital was razed, many descriptions of Aztec life exist. Famed for their incredible architectural achievements, the Aztec legacy lives on in modern Mexico City. The peaceful, nomadic Mayan people bequeathed to us some of the world's great temples including Chichen-Itza and Copan.
Volume 4: ANCIENT ROME
A complete history of ancient Rome, using the latest in computer animation, authentic filmed recreations, period imagery and location footage. Learn how Caesar Augustus "Found it a city of brick and left it a city of marble." See how power seized by the good was corrupted by those who inherited it. View the structures, still standing today, where gladiators fought, Christians died and law was developed. Recognize the many contributions of ancient Rome, as the foundation of our Western Civilization.
- Disk 3
Volume 5: HADRIAN'S WALL
The Roman Emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of a wall which would mark the northern boundary of the mighty Roman Empire. Built during the Roman occupation of Britain, the wall was a last outpost. It meant the end of civilization and a separation from the barbarians.
Volume 6: THE GREAT PYAMIDS
The burial sites of the mighty Pharaohs of Egypt are still one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world today. This Video gives us a look at the Egyptian culture, which rose up around the Nile. It took so many, so long to build them that a whole, associated industry evolved from construction of the Pyramids.
Clip Length: 3 minutes 8 seconds
History's Ancient Legacies: Pompeii - "Lost cities and landmarks are revisited in a six-video series that ranges from Mesoamerica to ancient Britain to the pharaohs' Egypt" In this segment, computerized reconstruction, costumed reenactments, and glimpses of the extant ruins of Pompeii help reconstruct the 'model Roman town' of Pompeii at the time it was devastated by the volcanic eruption of Mr. Vesuvius in A.D. 79. These visual elements are interestingly intermixed in dissolves to describe the commercial significance of this thriving port, imagined views of the town as it was engulfed by hot rock and ash, and scenes of the ruins as they appear today. Lessons learned from the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980 and the need to preserve what remains of Pompeii from today's weather, pollutants, and tourists are also issues that are raised in this production that makes vivid a historic event."- Booklist