Ancients Behaving Badly

Ancients Behaving Badly

Ancients Behaving Badly

  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Release Date: 2009-11-06
  • Advisory Rating: TV-14
  • Episodes: 8
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99


They employed a brutality which is staggering by today’s standards. A fresh look at some of the world’s most fascinating, iconic, and truly ruthless leaders, the new series Ancient’s Behaving Badly cuts through the folklore to present an accurate portrait of characters from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, Caligula to Cleopatra. Using the latest historical discoveries, forensic science tests, archaeological finds, analysis of torture instruments, and battlefield dynamics, HISTORY™ sheds light on these leaders and how they really came to power (most killed off family members); how they treated their subjects, friends and family; how they were so successful in keeping their power; the battlefield leadership they demonstrated; and how they achieved such spectacular transformations at home. Expert interviews, on-location shooting, and CGI to help to recreate their environments, and provide stunning reenactments.


Title Time Price
1 Caligula 44:00 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
2 Attila the Hun 43:59 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
3 Julius Caesar 44:00 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
4 Alexander the Great 44:00 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
5 Nero 44:00 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
6 Hannibal 44:00 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
7 Genghis Khan 44:00 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
8 Cleopatra 43:59 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes



  • people are missing the point!

    By ejamc
    Some of the more negative reviewers of this show are deliberately ignoring the fact that in some cases, rumor and innuendo are all we have to go on with these figures! There are no completely unbiased accounts out there!
  • Good stuff

    By DisDem
    This show is not great but it's a decent remanant of the time before the History Channel became just another outlet for the cheap, mindless voyeurism of realty television.
  • Wow

    By amberatkinsYESSUM
    Get it together history Channel. You are one of the few networks out there whose goal is to educate, so please go back to caring about objectivity. This show, in particular, is awful. They literally ask the question "was Caesar a sexy beast." Between the ridiculously over exaggerated representation of "facts" and the odd anime style animation I couldn't take it. This is the first time I am asking iTunes to give me back my money. Or better yet, history channel, hire actual historians and leave the movie magic to Hollywood.
  • Julius Caesar

    By Tricefrench
    Tabloid journalism at its laziest. At times completely inaccurate, it struck me as a ham-fisted attempt to fit cherry-picked anecdotes to the series title. I'd suggest reading a book. Hail Caesar!
  • Pretty Pathetic

    By Alister88
    Made it thru 3 episodes and gave up! Do these guys know how to do research? Just a bunch of revisionist conjectures, opinions, and folklore. Trying to guess what psych problems major military leaders had 2000 years ago is pointless. Pretty sad to see academics even go on this show- guess they needed the money. The Hannibal episode had so many mistakes I thought I was watching The Scifi Channel. Come on, do some real research. Dropping sausages from cranes isn't history or science. Terrible stuff. Pass on this junk, please?
  • Great Shows

    By Yidkid
    These are really good shows. The only gripe I have is that the hosts sometimes wear the "palestinian" keffiyeh scarf and thereby are making a political statment. If I want politcs....I will get it somewhere other than historical shows. Other than that..which really annoyed was not bad.
  • Julius Caesar

    By DaMadHatter
    This program is a refreshing antidote to the legions of Caesar apologists out there (a fine example of whom has written on this very page!). Some say that there is not a "shed" (sic) of evidence that Caesar had any relationships with men. Folks, there is more than just a shed--there is an entire barn's worth of evidence out there! Praise to the producers who went beyond the standard texts to a thorough study. Many books of the past were loathe to acknowledge the existence of homosexuality, refusing to denigrate perceived models of Aryan supremacy. Thank goodness we live in a time where historians can bring the past "out of the closet"--kicking and screaming or otherwise! Dr. Edson A. Hinckle Professor of History Wyoming State University
  • Mixed Feelings

    By Ana Mayfair
    As a history buff I know that most of the information given about these "ancients behaving badly" Were written by people who didn't like them so I took most of the stories about the past with a grain of salt. I agree that alot of the info is either false or stretched a bit. What I found enjoyable was the psychological examinations done on people that are long gone.
  • Entertaining but does not present actual picture

    By Dan11805
    Agree with beruval's review below. They are not painting very clear pictures of these great characters of history.
  • Where is the episode on Nero?

    By KenAmp
    This was supposed to be a 8 part series... the episodes are also numbered worng?