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Ancient Mysteries: Lost Cities [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Ancient Mysteries: Forbidden City
The power and mystery of China's Forbidden City is the focus of this release from A&E. From the 15th century until 1912 when the last emperor was abdicated, the Forbidden City was the sacred residence of the rulers of China, and the site of much passion, cruelty, excess, and perversity. The largest palace complex in the world, the Forbidden City was closed off to the general public, and anyone who attempted to pass through its walls was met with certain doom. Here, the secrets of the most enchanted place in China are revealed, and the story told of its fall and ultimate demise. ~ Amanda Van Keuren, Rovi

Ancient Mysteries: The Odyssey of Troy
Part of the Ancient Mysteries series. In the more than 3,000 years since Troy's fabled fall, its mysteries have yet to be unraveled and scholars are still baffled. In this film archaeologists examine the site of Troy in modern-day Turkey to determine how much of Homer's Iliad may have been true. Their objective is to find answers to a number of questions, among them: Did the Trojan War really occur? Was the abduction of Helen its cause? And what do we know about Homer, the poet whose Iliad told Troy's ill-fated history? ~ Corinna Richards, Rovi

Ancient Mysteries: Machu Picchu City
Ancient Mysteries: Ancient Rome and Its Mysterious Cities
Students of history know well the remarkable innovations of the Roman Empire, but how much of the art and architecture of this highly sophisticated culture can be credited to such ancient cultures as the Greeks and the Etruscans? In this installment of the popular A&E documentary series Ancient Mysteries, archeologists seek the answer to that and numerous other questions concerning the Roman Empire while simultaneously turning their attention to modern society to find out just how much the inhabitants of the 21st Century, in turn, owe to the ingenuity of the ancient Romans. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Ancient Mysteries: Pompeii - Buried Alive
Actress Kathleen Turner takes viewers through the ancient ruins of Pompeii, which was buried under ash in 79 A.D. when Mount Vesuvius erupted. People in this Roman city received no warning and were buried alive while going about their daily chores and routines. While it was obviously a tragic event, it has preserved a time capsule of information about how life was lived centuries ago. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi

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