Despite their personal short comings, many of the Roman Empires great engineering accomplishments were introduced during the reign of the Caesars. The tradition continued under Vespasian, builder of the Coliseum, Trajan, builder of the Forum, and Hadrian, builder and possibly the designer of the Pantheon. Finally, a decade later Caracalla built a bath complex/recreation center in an effort to secure his own reputation in history.
One of the most powerful civilizations in history, the Roman Empire roled the world for more than five centuries. Although renowned for its military prowess, Rome s real power stemmed from its unprecedented mastery of urban planning and engineering. Hosted by Peter Weller, ROME: ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE chronicles Rome s spectacular structural history from the rise of Julius Caesar in 55 BC to the Empire s eventual collapse in c. 537 AD. Each of Rome s legendary rulers left their mark on the city–some stately, some sordid–and their collective ambition caused a surge of innovation and ingenuity that led to Rome s glorious ascendance.
Recount the stories of exceptional engineers whose technological advances made it all possible. This season discover how engineers build the tallest bridge on the planet. Learn the inside story behind the Orion Space Craft and marvel at the AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys and the world's largest retractable roof.