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David Macaulay: Roman City (1994)

As we explore the remains of Roman cities, we also follow the story of one such city in Gaul, beset with political corruption and Celtic insurrection.


Larry Klein


Mark Olshaker, Bob Kurtz (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
David Macaulay David Macaulay ... Himself / Host
Derek Jacobi ... Marcus Fabricius (voice)
Ian McKellen ... Augustus Caesaar (voice)
Brian Blessed ... Gaius Valerius (voice)
John Sessions ... Laurens / Acco Bouvaix (voice)
Sophie Thompson ... Aiden (voice)
Geoffrey Matthews Geoffrey Matthews ... Licinus (voice)
Sandra Clark Sandra Clark ... Turia / Druid Priestess (voice)
Jaramy Stockwell Jaramy Stockwell ... Servant / Citizen / Soldier (voice)


The Roman Empire at its height had cities of such architectural sophistication that was unmatched by anything of its time. Host David Macaulay guides us through the modern remains of such cities to illustrate its various components and the intricate craftsmanship that made it possible. In addition, we also follow the story of such city in Gaul in the reign of Caesar Augustus built by its humble architect, Marcus Fabricius. As Marcus tries to arrange for a sound design and peaceful co-existence with the Gauls, he and his fellows face political corruption and local unrest that threatens all they have strove for. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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1994 (USA) See more »

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A great documentary on Roman cities and ancient Roman like
5 October 2012 | by ChicagostormSee all my reviews

I show this documentary every year to my world history classes at the high school I work at and my students find it both informative and entertaining. Based on the well written and illustrated works by David Macaulay, the film is part documentary and part animated story revealing not only how Roman cities were planned built, but also about life in the ancient Roman empire. I highly recommend it to any person interested in Roman history or for teachers wanting to employ its use in the classroom. At only sixty minutes in length, it is perfect for teachers to show on overview of ancient Rome without having the film take up too much of classroom time.

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