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History Channel Goes Barbarian

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  • Gil
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 16, 2004
      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 changeĀ—spurring 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!

    • Lloyd Clark
      Unfortunately - the Hitler Channel struck again. Those shows were horrendous. Lloyd ... more
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 27, 2004
        Unfortunately - the "Hitler Channel" struck again. Those shows were


        --- In wisconsinlivinghistorysociety@yahoogroups.com, "Gil"
        <Lord_Cygnus1@Y...> wrote:
        > Not Conan. Not Hagar the Horrible. Not even Groo (who was really
        > of a wanderer).
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