Today on Far Future Horizons we present the thirtieth episode of the acclaimed documentary series Engineering an Empire that highlights the engineering and architectural achievements of some of history’s greatest civilizations and the empires they created.
As much of the world descended into the Dark Ages after the fall of
one civilization shone brilliantly: the Byzantine Empire.
With ruthless might and supreme ingenuity, the Byzantines ruled over vast
swaths of Europe and Asia for more than a
thousand years. It was
that preserved the classical learning and science that would one day give rise
to the Renaissance. The Byzantines constructed the ancient world's longest
aqueduct, virtually invincible city walls, a massive stadium, and a colossal
domed cathedral that defied the laws of nature. Watch with host Peter Weller as
we learn how the engineering feats of this great empire would betray them as an
ancient light was extinguished in the glare of modern warfare. Byzantium
Engineering an Empire is a documentary series which explores the engineering and architectural feats that were characteristic of some of the greatest societies on this planet, and is available on DVD from Amazon.com and the History Channel’s online store.