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Era: Antiquity

3500 BCE – 4th Century CE
The world’s first great empires and religions emerge, including, among others, the classical world of the Mediterranean, the Zhang and Han Dynasties in Asia, and the Gupta in India. Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity are created and refined.


  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Production Country: United States

King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors sacrifice themselves in battle against thousands of Persians at Thermopylae in 480 BCE; however, their efforts prove worthwhile, ensuring the escape of the majority of the Greek army and Greece's eventual success against the Persian Invasion.

A History of Britain

  • Director: Clare Beavan, Martina Hall, Ian Bremner, Liz Hartford, Jamie Muir
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

Historian Simon Schama narrates his history of Great Britain, emphasizing that no single "history" can tell the entire story–but makes a valiant effort to cover everything he can.

A History of Scotland

  • Director: Andrew Downes, Tim Neil
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

Scotland may be a tiny nation occupying the northern third of a tiny island in the North Atlantic, but it has a large and unique history of its very own.


  • Director: Alejandro Amenábar
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Production Country: Spain

In 4th-century pagan Alexandria, Hypatia chooses the independent life of a scientist over marriage to Orestes and is a successful teacher for many years. But as Christianity slowly takes over the city, Hypatia's scientific studies lead to her being charged of witchcraft and, when Orestes, himself now a Christian, hesitates to have her condemned as a witch, the mob takes the matter into their own hands, leaving only a Christian slave whom Hypatia freed years earlier to save her.


  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Production Country: Germany, United States, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Italy

Alexander sets out from Macedonia to conquer the world and succeeds.

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