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The Roman Invasion Of Britain - Bettany Hughes Takes Us Deep Into Britain's Past on DVD

Athena/Acorn's 3-DVD set comes to North America in October

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    Rome's daring conquest and occupation of the British Isles: Motivated by an emperor's greed and political ambition, Rome added Britain to its empire in the first century CE, changing the land and its people forever. Join historian Bettany Hughes (When the Moors Ruled in Europe) as she examines new research and the latest archaeological evidence to reveal the brutal realities of the Roman conquest. Meet scheming politicians, beleaguered generals, and fiery revolutionaries-including Queen Boudicca, the wronged woman who mobilized her people for a bloody and tragic revolt. Interviews with noted military experts and meticulous reenactments illuminate a little-known but pivotal period in British and Roman history.

    Packed with drama and detail, this absorbing series reveals how a nation sprang from 400 years of subjugation. Oxford-educated author and historian Bettany Hughes has presented historical documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and the Discovery Channel. She serves on the Innovation Programs Committee of the U.K.'s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
Acorn Media's Athena label presents The Roman Invasion Of Britain, coming to DVD on October 5th. This 3-disc set running 138 minutes long is presented in widescreen video, English stereo sound, and with English subtitles. Bonus features consist of a 12-page viewer's guide (with timeline, questions to consider, history of Rome's failed British invasions, background on Roman and Celtic weaponry, biography of Roman historian Tacitus, and an essay on daily life in ancient Britain), Extended Interviews with historians and bonus footage (14 min.), and Biographies of major figures in the Roman conquest of Britain. Cost is $29.99 SRP in the USA, and CA$39.99 SRP in Canada. Here's the package art:

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