Decisive Battles of the Ancient World is a rather interesting
documentary. It follows several battles throughout the classical period,
while I would not call all of them ‘decisive’ battles of the Ancient
World, some of them certainly are.
a whole, it’s well presented. They use an engine similar, if not exactly
the same as Medieval: Total War in displaying battlefields and tactics
with army sizes and landscape etc. They explain several possible reasons
behind each strategy and the lead ups and aftermaths of the battles.
first disc is Roman battles, including Rome and the Goths, Julius Caesar
against Pompey and a few other battles. The second disc contains
Thermopylae, Boudicca etc. The third disc contains one from Crassus and
the battle of Gaugamela.
While some of the academics know what they’re talking about, the
presenter is horribly misinformed on some of his facts, and spouts utter
rubbish that isn’t historically accurate at all. This kind of tarnishes
it, but it doesn’t make it worth not watching. Just take everything he
says with a grain of salt.