A look at the most brutal warring civilizations throughout history, focusing on key players who spurred on bloody, hard-fought battles.
Directed byPhil Grabsky
S01:E01 - The Assyrians - Masters of War
The Assyrians conquered an empire from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea.
S01:E02 - The Celts
The Celts seemed half man, half beast. They were as wild as the hills they emerged from. In battle, none were more reckless or more fearless.
S01:E03 - The Normans
On an autumn day almost 1000 years ago, one of the greatest battles in history began. Invaders have struck England.
S01:E04 - The Legions of Rome
At the end of the second century AD, a roman soldier crossed the river Danube and left the civilized world behind him.
S01:E05 - The Macedonians
Revolutionary tactics change the way war is fought forever. They would march further than any soldiers had before them and crush all opposition.
S01:E06 - Soldiers of the Pharaoh
In the 7th century BC the ancient kingdom of Egypt was conquered. Cities were burned, temples were destroyed, and the people cruelly cast aside.
S01:E07 - The Spartans
They were soldiers unlike any before or since. They knew no trade but war. In 480 BC at a place called Thermopylae.
S01:E08 - The Janissaries - an Army of Slaves
For 5 centuries the city that guarded the gateway between Europe and Asia minor has been known as Istanbul. Before that it was Constantinople.
S01:E09 - The Huns
Without warning they appeared one day in the east. An unknown tribe from an unknown land.
S01:E10 - The Knights Templar
1000 years after the crucifixion of Christ the holy city of Jerusalem was sieged by the Seljuk Turks.
S01:E11 - The Vikings
A scribe records that in the year 1793 marauders from the north crossed the sea to England and shattered the peace.
S01:E12 - The Highlanders
In the Scottish highlands where hatreds are as old as the hills, men die easier than feuds. Where clan fights clan, only one hatred can unite them.
S01:E13 - The Irish - Warriors of the Emerald Isle
1000 years after the death of Christ, Ireland fights for it's life against pagans from the north. Outnumbered, the Irish put their faith in one man.
S01:E14 - The Maurya - Warriors of the Elephant
In ancient India one creature was both a god and a weapon. For one king, these beasts were the shock troops as organized as any army before or since.
S01:E15 - The Aztecs
27 years after Columbus had discovered America, Spanish adventurers stumbled onto a strange new world where boys were born to fight.
S01:E16 - Samurai
In the year 1160 Japan's two greatest clans fought a war of annihilation. The leader of the Taira clan gathered his soldiers to hunt down his rivals.
S01:E17 - Shaolin - Masters of Kung Fu
In the year 621 china was ruled by chaos. Warlord fought warlord. No one was safe, not even the emperor.
S01:E18 - The Hawaiians - Warriors of Paradise
Behind its peaceful facade, this Hawaii was a battleground. Rival armies spanned across the land and no chief ruled supreme.
S01:E19 - The Ninja - Warriors of the Night
Far from the din of battle in feudal japan the most powerful warlord live in luxury, protected by mighty samurai.
S01:E20 - The Sioux - Warriors of the Plains
When the American west was still wild, the Sioux tribe was its master. On the backs of their horses they swept across the plains.
S01:E21 - The Zulus
A young tribe is under attack, and a young chief faces his greatest test. His genius and cruelty turns a band of farmhands into a weapon of conquest.
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