The frontiers of the civilised world, what lay beyond. The Limes, Germany - the Saalburg Roman fort - Schleswig, North Germany - Rome.
Location Recordist: Mike Tomsett. Production Assistant: Anne Dickie. Setting designed by Peter Farman. Naqsh-I-Rustem photographed by Diana Ashcroft, Courtesy of Thames and Hudson. Mount Moriah photographed by J.E.Dayton. Bibioteca Nacional, Madrid. University of Edinburgh. Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington. D.C. Archaeological Museum, Teheran. Instuit Francais Du Royaume Uni. Cabinet Medailles and Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Reconstruction Drawings: Alan Sorrell. Constantinople courtesy of Thames and Hudson. 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom' by T.E.Lawrence, courtesy of Jonathan Cape Ltd.
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Anglia logo and opening credits. Footage of World War two defences of British beaches. Recording of Churchill's pre-war speech. Shots of troops preparing for battle. Presenter walks along Dover beach in Britain. He describes threats to Britain from foreign invasion in Four AD in Roman Britain. Ruins of an ancient Roman watch tower on the English coast. Paintings depict Roman coastal fortresses. Description of the threats of enemies and the need for the protection of Roman coastal fortresses. Examples of present day threats echoing consistent threats through history: Footage of Kennedy assassination; bombing of Warsaw; engravings of Lincoln being shot and Caesar being stabbed.
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Four hundred years after Caesar's death the Roman empire has many enemies to the north and it is rife with internal troubles including the shortage of military man-power to support the huge geographical sphere of the empire. A map depicts the Roman world under Biblical rule. The remains of the Roman settlement of Jerash in present day Jordan. Description of the historical importance of the town and its place in the trade routes of the Roman world. Shots of the remains of theatres, municipal buildings and streets. AD Three sees a threat form the Persian empire due to the ever-expanding power of Persian Warlords. Description of the Persian empire as older than that of Greece or Rome. Shots of the Roman military base at Azrac,later used by Lawrence of Arabia. A map displays Roman defence lines to the East and the North of the empire. Aerial shots of Hadrian's Wall in Britain which marked the frontier of the Roman empire in the North. Description of the wall as sixty miles long. Description of raids by the Picts from Scotland.
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Museum exhibits of silver Roman relics found in Suffolk. More silver relics found in Scotland show evidence of looting and stealing from Roman territories. Panning shot of Hadrian's Wall. In Germany the threat came from the Goths, Saxons and other groups. The Romans were forced to pay German warriors to protect Roman interests in borderline areas. Beyond the German Goths lay the threat of the horse-riding Huns.
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Paintings depict a Roman settlement over 1500 years ago. Summary of the various threats to the Romans. Events in China see the movement of Huns ever closer to German and Goth territories. This in turn causes a movement by the German tribal groups into Roman territories (depicted in paintings). This fragmentation of the German tribes leads to them entering and splitting the Roman empire. While the rest of Europe witnesses revolution, civilisation carries on in Constantinople. Influences and modern day repercussions of the Dark Age conflict in Belgium i.e. the animosity between Flemish and Frank groups in modern day Belgium. Who were the English? Many of the early English came from Denmark and northern Germany. Shots of preserved human bog-specimens. The Anglo-Saxons were illiterate, pagan farmers. A model of a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon house. Examples of Pagan offerings, Anglo-Saxon metalwork and clothing are also shown. Examples of drinking horns for beer, artillery and handicrafts are also displayed.
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Examples and description of a preserved Anglo-Saxon boat that could hold up to 40 people. Castle Museum in Norwich. Examples of Anglo-Saxon remains and artefacts. Paintings depict the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons into Britain. During Roman times they were paid to be foreign mercenaries to protect Roman interests and free-up Roman solders for service nearer to Rome. Quotation from the accounts of a Welsh monk describing the arrival of the immigrants into England and their movement across the country. Introduction to the legend of King Arthur. Credits.