DVD - 2016
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How did the Romans produce some of the most impressive gladiatorial games ever seen in Europe? How did the Colosseum's mysterious roof really work? And how does the mighty Colosseum compare to the popular sports venues of the 21st century? Structural engineer Steve Burrows and his team of laser-scanning experts head to Rome on a quest to answer these questions and uncover some of the oldest mysteries of the ancient stadium.
Publisher: Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution, [2016]
ISBN: 9781627891295
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD 725.82709 COL


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Aug 28, 2017

good stuff ~ 420

Oct 18, 2016

A bit dry at times- structural engineers can be like that. And the documentary has some of the touches of current day documentaries that I don't care for in terms of edits and quick shots, but that's perhaps a mark of the show itself. The subject material is what's interesting in this look at the Colosseum as a stadium engineer and colleagues look at the building in a new way with new technologies, trying to sort out possible answers to long standing questions.

May 05, 2016

A colossal waste of time. Most of the time is wasted with repetitious self-congratulatory babble, with just a few lame graphics repeated over and over and over. Very little information is gleaned from the hour of yelling narration, and I've learned far more from other specials (for instance, how the narrow hallways ensured that dangerous animals couldn't turn around and attack their handlers before release).


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