Ancients Behaving Badly: Julius Caesar
Ancients Behaving Badly is a documentary series from the History Channel that applies a modern analytical take to some of classical history’s most infamous rulers. But why where they so infamous?. History is written by the victors, whether the dynasty that usurped the line of Nero and Caligula and therefore had a vested interest in making them look bad, or the history of the Mongols, a hagiography to Genghis Khan written by his successors designed to make him look great.
Through different branches of science, the Documentary series shows a real picture of these rulers. The series aims to show these tyrants as real people with complex psychological backgrounds.
This episode is about Julius Caesar who was known mainly as a great leader and a military genius. But he also has a dark side. He is responsible for murder, mutilation and the destruction of an entire nation. When Caesar arrives in Gaul, the population is six million. When he leaves less than five million remain alive and 1.5 million of those survivors and now slaves.
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