Engineering an Empire
Traveling from one end of the world to the other, actor Peter Weller hosts this documentary series that examines the extraordinary feats of engineering and technology achieved by many ancient societies. Weller bears witness to the startling ingenuity and innovation of many of history's greatest civilizations. From Greece's Parthenon to the Great Wall of China, prepare to be awestruck by the magnificent accomplishments of our ancestors.
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- Peter Weller
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this engaging educational show uses reenactments (some realistic, others computer-generated) to depict historical events including battles and, in one instance, human sacrifice. These scenes are usually mild, with only a hint of blood. Some shows may include descriptions of unusual socio-cultural practices, like sibling marriage or polygamy.
- Sexual Content
- In at least one episode, statues of male and female nudes appear in the background. Discussion of ancient marriage practices, including sibling marriage and polygamy.
- Much discussion of battles and wars, including details about weaponry and description of weapon effectiveness. Some hints of blood.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- The point of the show is to educate a broad audience about history and technology. There's objective description of slavery, warfare, and other unsavory topics. Women's place in historical events isn't mentioned much. Scholars include women and people from the location being described, though the lens is generally Euro-centric.
- Short "fact" segments are sponsored by advertisers (for example, Nationwide Insurance). Alcohol ads air between segments.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Possibility of historical discussion of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it