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Roman Leaders and Emperors
Roman Leaders and Emperors(12 Photos)
Examine some of Ancient Rome's most influential leaders and emperors, and discover how they affected this great empire.
Roman Architecture and Engineering
Roman Architecture and Engineering(13 Photos)
Examine some of Ancient Rome's most spectacular achivements in architecture and engineering, from the Colosseum, to aqueducts, to giant amphitheatres.
Pests That Changed History
Pests That Changed History(9 Photos)
From the rats that unleashed the Black Plague on 14th-century Europe to the mosquitoes that continue to infect millions with malaria each year, these pesky creatures have played a decisive role in shaping human history.
The Fall of Rome
The Fall of RomeVideo Clip (3:12)
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Musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis sings about the factors that brought down an empire.
Coroner's Report: Plague
Coroner's Report: PlagueVideo Clip (2:37)
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In the 14th century, a devastating plague known as the Black Death claimed an estimated 75 million lives. How did the people who contracted it know their luck had run out?
Roots of the Crusades
Roots of the CrusadesVideo Clip (3:15)
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Crusaders were absolved of sin and promised eternal salvation for fighting the Catholic Church's holy war.
Richard the Lionheart
Richard the LionheartVideo Clip (3:17)
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Richard I of England leads the forces of the Third Crusade in a bid to reclaim Jerusalem.
Origins of the Knights Templar
Origins of the Knights TemplarVideo Clip (3:26)
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The Knights Templar trace their origins to the Crusades.
Search for the Holy Lance
Search for the Holy LanceVideo Clip (3:10)
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During the First Crusade, Christians seek relics like the Holy Lance as symbols that their cause is righteous.
SaladinVideo Clip (3:20)
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Saladin united Muslim sects against occupying Christian forces during the Crusades.
The CrusadesVideo Clip (3:08)
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While the Crusades were not a definitive military success, they helped to bring about the end of the Dark Ages in Europe.
Duke Godfrey Leads the First Crusade
Duke Godfrey Leads the First CrusadeVideo Clip (3:01)
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Duke Godfrey was crowned King of Jerusalem after the Christian army expelled the Muslims from the Holy Land.
King Louis VII Leads the Second Crusade
King Louis VII Leads the Second CrusadeVideo Clip (3:40)
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King Louis VIII of France leads the Second Crusade to the Holy Land but fails to overcome Muslim opposition.
Fall of Jerusalem
Fall of JerusalemVideo Clip (3:10)
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In July 1099, Crusaders lay siege to the Holy City of Jerusalem and attempt to expel its Muslim defenders.
Birth of the Assassins
Birth of the AssassinsVideo Clip (3:26)
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Al Salih, heir to the Turkish throne, sends a group known as the Assassins to murder his rival Saladin.
The Black Death and the Byzantine Empire
The Black Death and the Byzantine EmpireVideo Clip (3:32)
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Byzantine Emperor Justinian's plans to reunite the Roman Empire are thwarted by an unlikely foe.
Mankind in 2 Minutes
Mankind in 2 MinutesVideo Clip (2:12)
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Experience the story of Mankind in 2 Minutes.
Mankind Decoded Sneak Peek
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Check out a sneak peek of the upcoming series Mankind Decoded.
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