Casual Classics: Documentaries on Youtube: Rome, Greece, and More
Hey everyone! Here is a brief (as always) list of some documentaries available to all on Youtube with Ancient Greece or Roman Empire related topics. I figured these would come in handy for people who casually like to learn about classics, or those of us who are frustrated by gaps in our own knowledge. Enjoy!
Bonus: I’ve decided to link some playlists from youtube user TheAncientWorlds to other ancient related cultures. I’ve compiled them all for easy viewing purposes. The differ quite vastly in quality and time made. It is a good study to examine a variety and find bias in each. Some are far from being of perfect quality.
The Secrets of Archaeology[Ancient Itinerary in Ionia, Visit of the Sanctuaries of Apollo, Cities of the Pharaohs, At the Court of the King of Kings, A Place Called Etruria, Egypt According to Cleopatra, Cities of Sea and Wind, Retracing the Tracks of Hannibal, The Roman Empire in Africa, Greek Cities in Italy, Pyramids of the Sun, Mycenaeans: The Civilization of Heroes, Secrets of the Island of Minos, Athens: Western Splendor, Lost Cities of the Maya, Glorious Rome, Travels Through Greece, Pyramids Designed for Eternity, Sailing with the Phoenicians, The Roads to El Dorado, Roman Imprint on the West, Ancient Cities Bordering on Latium, The Fabulous Centers of Hellenism, The Ports of the Desert, The Forgotten Civilizations of Anatolia.]
Africa: A Voyage of Discovery [Different but Equal, Mastering a Continent, Caravans of Gold, The Bible and the Gun, Kings and Cities, This Magnificent African Cake, The Rise of Nationalism, The Legacy]
Secrets of Lost Empires [Stonehenge, The Obelisk, Colosseum, The Incas, Pyramids, Easter Island, China Bridge, Pharaoh’s Obelisk, Roman Baths, Medieval Siege]
Treasure Hunters [El Dorado, Golden Hell, Black King of Zimbabwe, Fire in the Stone, Rubies of the Golden Triangle, Doomsday in Port Royal, The Gold Fishers, Mussolini’s Gold, Diamonds of the Orange River, Mysery of the Old Slumach, Treasure of the Desert Fox]
Time Travelers [Death March of De Soto, Bells of the Bronze Age, Who Were the Israelites, Secrets of the Red City, Lost City of Zimbabwe, Clash of the Maya Kings, Fall of the Maya, Athens: Daughter of Egypt?, Women of Lesbos, Voyage of the Vikings, Search for Neanderthal, Myth of Masada, Last Days of the Philstines, Killer Quakes of the Bible, Death at Pompeii, Caesar’s Nightmare, The Apache, Return to Ground Zero, People of the Bog, The CSS Alabama]
Disclaimer: I have not watched many of these films in their entirety. I am sorry for any questionable content. If a link is broken please tell me. If you have questions about any of the above content, please let me know.
Today I learned that Ceuta, the Spanish enclave in Morocco, via the ancient city of Abyla or Ad Septem Fratres form which it is built upon, is actually home to what’s known as the only surviving Roman population of early Christian faith, or rather the only population from the Maghreb or Roman Africa where Roman heritage has continued, uninterrupted, onto present day.
Prior to muslim conquest, much of Roman north Africa had a population of latins and berbers. A pocket of Christian berbers lived in the outskirts of the city up until the time Septem (or Septa, as the Arabic transliteration went) was conquered by the Portuguese, and promptly renamed Ceuta in the 15th century.
The local Berbers have over time adopted the Spanish language but otherwise have been continuously christian for almost two millenia, giving them this distinction over that of the rest of North Africa.
This alters my perceptions of Spanish right to claim of Ceuta over that of Morocco.