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History Orders ‘Barbarians Rising’ Docu-Drama

History will air in 2016 a limited docu-drama series Barbarians Rising, the network said Wednesday (Dec. 2).

The eight-part series will chronicle the rise and fall of the Roman Empire from the perspective of barbarian rebel leaders, said network officials. The series will feature nine of history’s greatest warriors – Hannibal, who vowed a blood oath at the age of nine; Spartacus, the slave-turned-rebel who led a barbarian revolt; Boudica, the Celtic warrior Queen; Arminius, the stolen son of Germany; Attila, scourge of the east; as well as fighting units, the Goths, a fierce people betrayed by the empire; and the Vandals, the wandering raiders who dealt Rome’s final death blow.

The series, produced by October Films with Adam Bullmore serving as executive producer, will premiere across 185+ territories, said network officials.  

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