History Channel Goes Barbarian
- Not Conan. Not Hagar the Horrible. Not even Groo (who was really more
of a wanderer).
On January 19th and 20th, the History Channel is showing a new
program exploring barbarian culture, detailing the Vikings, Goths,
Mongols and Huns each in their own one hour show. For nearly a
millennium, barbarian hordes rose up and swept across Asia, Europe,
and Africa, pillaging towns and sacking empires. But who were these
barbarians, seemingly devoted only to violence and destruction, their
language the battle-axe and mighty sword?
BARBARIANS premieres on The History Channel on Monday January 19th
and Tuesday the 20th at 9pm/8c. A special History Channel program for
2004. Each one-hour presentation features epic reenactments about
these four notorious Barbaric clans. There are four notorious clans
that will be included in the program: Vikings, Goths, Mongols and
BARBARIANS is produced and directed for The History Channel by three-
time Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Robert Gardner. Executive Producer
for The History Channel is Carl Lindahl. Narrator is Clancy Brown.
BARBARIANS: VIKINGS/GOTHS premieres January 19 at 9 pm ET/PT.
VIKINGS: For some 300 years, from the 9th to the 12th century AD, the
Vikings struck terror into the hearts of the peoples of England,
France, Ireland, and parts of Russia. Not just raiders and warriors,
the Vikings were explorers and merchants as well, with slender ships
that carried them all the way from Arabia to the coast of the New
World, hundreds of years before Columbus ever set sail. As warriors,
as settlers, as explorers and as traders, Vikings were agents of
extraordinary social and political changespurring global economic
growth, fortification of Europe, the development of national
identities, advances in shipbuilding, navigation and more. Their
historical legacy is immense.
GOTHS: Terrorized by the savage raids of the Huns, the Goths sought
safety in the protective embrace of the Roman Empire. However, after
the Romans subjugated them, the Goths rose against the Romans,
defeating them at the battle of Adrianople. Rome was forced into a
treaty with the Goths, but it was an uneasy and unfair arrangement
for the Goths. Young Goth King Alaric marches on the city of Rome
itself, sacking it in three days of brutal looting and murder. As the
decline of Rome begins, it is the Goths who will maintain the fading
art and culture of Rome in their new Goth kingdoms.
BARBARIANS: MONGOLS/HUNS premieres January 20 at 9 pm ET/PT.
MONGOLS: To this day, the Mongols remain a symbol of all that is
brutal, cruel and barbaric in the ancient world. At the greatest
point in their conquest, the Mongols controlled an empire that
stretched from the Sea of Japan to the Baltic, from Korea to East
Germany. Their principal weapon was terror. The Mongol warriors
pioneered a style of warfare unparalleled in cunning and cruelty, and
so revolutionary it still inspires military strategists today. Their
greatest general was Genghis Khan, who united the loose
confederations into one unified power in 1206. Under his successor,
Timur (aka Tamerlane), the Mongols conquered the Ottoman Empire in
1402, but the Mongols would lack a large enough population to
maintain so huge a geographical area.
HUNS: The Huns were a mysterious people who fell upon the European
continent like the vengeance of God. Some say the Chinese built the
Great Wall to keep them out. The Huns swept in from the east with a
savagery that was almost unparalleled in warfare. In the 4th and 5th
centuries AD, the Huns were an aggressive people with considerable
skill in warfare and horsemanship. Their best-known leader, Attila,
established an empire stretching from the Black Sea to the
Mediterranean, bringing parts of the Roman Empire to the verge of
destruction. In the end, disease conquered the Huns, as malaria
decimated their ranks. And Attila, at the height of his powers, died
on his wedding night, drowning in his own blood.
Go to http://www.BarbariansAreComing.com for more information and
details on how you could win a "Get Civilized Trip for 2" to Iceland
in the Viking Footsteps. The winners will step back in time on a
journey along the fjord-carved landscape of Western Iceland. The
adventure focuses on the Viking heritage of Iceland and the discovery
of North America by the Vikings!
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> of a wanderer).