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Barbarians coming to History

2015-12-06 14:00

Cape Town – A new 8-part docudrama Barbarians Rising is coming to History (DStv 186) in 2016.

The gripping show will follow the rise and fall of the Roman Empire as profiled through historical figures like Hannibal, Spartacus, Boudica, Attila and the Goths and Vandals.

Barbarians Rising will help History to show some history again on the channel that is a joint venture between A+E Networks UK and Sky.

Barbarians Rising is produced by October Films and will be broadcast on History on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform in 2016 in South Africa and the rest of the African continent and the rest of the world – 185 territories in total.

South African and African DStv subscribers won't be able to see Barbarians Rising in high definition (HD).

A+E Networks UK describes Barbarians Rising as "a visceral journey into the heart of a wave of rebellions against absolute power".

"The Roman Empire called them 'barbarians' – tribes the Romans viewed beyond the fringe of civilization that live a brutish and violent existence.  However, these were also men and women who launched epic struggles that shaped the world to come".

The docuseries will cover Hannibal (who vowed a blood oath at the age of nine), Spartacus (the slave-turned-rebel who led a barbarian revolt), Boudica (the Celtic warrior queen), Arminius (the stolen son of Germany), Attila (scourge of the east), as well as the Goths (people betrayed by the empire) and the Vandals (the wandering raiders who dealt Rome's final death blow).

"These monumental tales tell the story of how one of the world's greatest Empires is undone by their aggressive quest for expansion," says History.

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