Ancient Rome in 20 minutes

Caesar, The Colosseum, Republic, Nero, geese, plebeians, legions - everything that you once knew, but forgot, in a crash course video by Arzamas.
Narrated by Brian Cox.
"Ancient Rome in 20 minutes" is an English version of a Russian video by Arzamas. We also have a few other projects in English:
Russian Art in the 20th Century -
Who are you in 1917 Russia? -
Taunt Like The Bard (a Shakespeare insult generator) -


  1. Im Realms

    Im Realms

    12 uur geleden


  2. Gage


    Dag geleden

    When you meet a stranger who also talks about ancient times such as rome, can't beat it.

  3. Jjames Fraley

    Jjames Fraley

    2 dagen geleden

    Balance. All in moderation. Meditate and educate. The light will shine on you but you have to ask for it and want it. If you want to grow, grow your Soul. God Bless and yes he sees everything. lol.

  4. Mag Magnet

    Mag Magnet

    2 dagen geleden

    4:26 is this a drawing from the 1900s? I wonder where the drawing is from.

  5. Havard


    3 dagen geleden

    Who tf dislikes a video like this? Its really good

  6. DynestiGTI


    3 dagen geleden

    So that's where "pleb" comes from...

  7. Pokee


    5 dagen geleden


  8. Das Erreichen

    Das Erreichen

    6 dagen geleden

    1:30 Turkey is not the "middle east," you idiot.

    • chemtrailblazer


      4 dagen geleden

      The "middle east" has no official boundaries it just vaguely means places in west Asia and Turky is Asia, it's where the name comes from. Maybe don't go calling others idiots, buddy.

  9. Protector Animals

    Protector Animals

    7 dagen geleden

    Alguien en español?

  10. Riya Jeph

    Riya Jeph

    7 dagen geleden

    Most of the content on this phenomenal channel is not in English. sad :( I hope they'll provide their content in English too

  11. Rolf


    9 dagen geleden

    Can't wait for this to happen to the USA

  12. neheboi1012


    10 dagen geleden

    This was great! Good work!

  13. Foxes of Norway

    Foxes of Norway

    10 dagen geleden

    Ancient rome in one sentence «Eh tu Bruhte»

  14. moon


    10 dagen geleden

    I can't believe Rome fell to some bum ass barbarians 😭😭

  15. CuriouSteve


    11 dagen geleden

    And exactly like Rome, a certain present "country" much like them government wise, that is currently under proxy rule, will implode from within. Except hundreds of years earlier in comparison. Near future fact 🤡

  16. Hatrimn


    11 dagen geleden

    plebs lol

  17. Bee Bob

    Bee Bob

    12 dagen geleden

    i bet Cleopatra's sons first words were "Pizza Pizza"

  18. Johnny Lopez

    Johnny Lopez

    13 dagen geleden

    Not to mention the millions of crucifixion, rape, and though slavery

  19. Marc


    16 dagen geleden

    my class literally just finished the lessons about european history, what a perfect time to show up in my recommendations

  20. sergio rodulfo

    sergio rodulfo

    18 dagen geleden

    What does Akka mean 13:09?

  21. Sealdrop


    18 dagen geleden

    i hate being an emperor, leave me alone im going to grow cabbages

    • NedBro


      6 dagen geleden

      He was killed two years later

    • joz karieren

      joz karieren

      17 dagen geleden

      I was just thinking this xDDD

    • David Rodriguez

      David Rodriguez

      18 dagen geleden

      That guy was a legend.

  22. Johnny Defrange

    Johnny Defrange

    18 dagen geleden

    Why does this channel only have two videos in English? Does anyone know if they have separate English channel? Love the content, but I don't understand Russian

  23. Ofisont Ofisont

    Ofisont Ofisont

    19 dagen geleden

    Уже не то! Чтеца не того наняли..

  24. Aron Faican

    Aron Faican

    19 dagen geleden

    Rome in 21 minutes but good job tho

  25. jim west

    jim west

    20 dagen geleden

    This is what’s happening to America biden is our Romulus

  26. Galahad


    20 dagen geleden

    They did my boi Aurelian absolutely dirty in this video. For shame.

  27. Dustin


    20 dagen geleden

    Interesting, the Roman's began invading outwards after Rome was sacked by the Gauls much like the Russians did centuries later

  28. Camden Smith

    Camden Smith

    20 dagen geleden

    This is amazing

  29. papa


    22 dagen geleden


  30. Nebula37


    23 dagen geleden

    Yandex is Russian, right?

    • РНГ14


      20 dagen geleden


  31. gda


    24 dagen geleden

    "Somebody should just like totally kill Caesar" - Brutus, October 3rd

  32. Mantas Eimutis

    Mantas Eimutis

    24 dagen geleden

    Whats the music at the end please

  33. Ganga Chettri

    Ganga Chettri

    24 dagen geleden


  34. Black Budget Cyclotrons.

    Black Budget Cyclotrons.

    24 dagen geleden

    The West fell to migrants and refugees...ya don't say....

  35. TheBanjoShow


    24 dagen geleden

    Communism has existed for literally thousands of years jesus

  36. Kamen Neikoo

    Kamen Neikoo

    24 dagen geleden

    So the fall of Rome is attributed to wide border expansion, corrupt rulers and not enough bread for the farmers?

    • Galahad


      20 dagen geleden

      And poor leadership

  37. Jay Etchings

    Jay Etchings

    25 dagen geleden

    Now every time I hear "Senatus Populesque Romanus" I will hear Brian Cox's voice.

  38. Janz Anton-Iago

    Janz Anton-Iago

    25 dagen geleden

    So passionate about Rome, I created a documentary tribute:

  39. Kathrina T

    Kathrina T

    25 dagen geleden

    Is there a transcript to this

  40. Nicholas Scalice

    Nicholas Scalice

    26 dagen geleden

    Happy founding of rome day

  41. J_ 524

    J_ 524

    26 dagen geleden

    Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. -Matthew 3:2 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -John 14:6 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. -Acts 16:31 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:16 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” -1 John 4:8 KJV Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. -Revelation 22:14-16

  42. Rhonda Clark

    Rhonda Clark

    26 dagen geleden

    They stabbed Jesus Christ. With a Indian arrow

  43. Rhonda Clark

    Rhonda Clark

    26 dagen geleden

    Rome America belong to us whites. And China too. The land was taken over. White mummies Tocharian’s an INDO of China. By survive the jive

  44. Rhonda Clark

    Rhonda Clark

    26 dagen geleden

    Everything about history is a lie. To hide white slavery. And America belongs to us whites

  45. Rhonda Clark

    Rhonda Clark

    26 dagen geleden

    Over 700 million whites died in the last 200 years of white slavery in America. Hitler wasn’t white or 98% of his Amy who murdered 8 million whites Jews. Negative blood type revelations 12:3:4. And genesis 3:15.

  46. Rhonda Clark

    Rhonda Clark

    26 dagen geleden

    Jesus Christ is white. Brass when refined is white. Fire when it burns is blue white and gold. His eyes are blue he wore a long sleeve dress his feet and hands tanned like fine brass. His face and hair white as snow ⛄️ like the whool of a lamb 🐑. His skin like the sun shining full strength. They will hate you for your name sake Mathew Mark Luke John Paul Peter Adam eve Mary Jesus Noah Sarah Joseph Abraham. All,whites names. We came from the Middle East and was killed off. We was slaves there too. This is WHATS happen to America. The illegals took over America and now rule us

  47. Rhonda Clark

    Rhonda Clark

    26 dagen geleden

    God says build that wall. Deuteronomy 6:16 : 19.

  48. Rhonda Clark

    Rhonda Clark

    26 dagen geleden

    The Roman candle 🧨. Burning whites to death. Just like they did to there white slaves in America for 5 thousand years. In America it was called the WITCH HUNT burned to death for being white. Before that used as human sacrifice to sun moon fire gods. Then the cowboys and Indians. Then 200 years of white and black slavery in America more whites on slavery ships 🚢 was slaves less than 1.2% of whites had slaves. In almost every nation on earth blacks and whites was slaves in Africa too. The oldest bones in America was white DNA 🧬 results of ancient native Americans mummies Robert Sephehr . Us whites as there first

  49. Rhonda Clark

    Rhonda Clark

    26 dagen geleden

    So. They murdered Jesus Christ our savior king.

  50. Anwalt Oswald

    Anwalt Oswald

    26 dagen geleden

    8:10 The Slave uprising lead by Spartacus was actually defeted by Marcus Licinius Crassus. Pompey killed the remainder of Spartacus' Army, which was fleeing nothwards, into Pompeys hands, after Spartacus' defeat at the battle of the Silarius River, where Spartacus himself was killed by Crassus' bodyguard.

  51. ThatGuyKumbirai 69

    ThatGuyKumbirai 69

    27 dagen geleden

    Me:randomly wondering about Rome

  52. E Hold

    E Hold

    27 dagen geleden

    History literally proves that "globalization " will never work. It's the phalicy of intelligence. Even if one culture/nation dominated all others on earth and they were homogeneous (which would never happen), there would be so much infighting after a leader dies or is replaced or more minerals wealth/technology is found. The main failure of mankind is greed.

  53. lydia yuna

    lydia yuna

    27 dagen geleden

    Did the U.S.A steal the ideas of Roman from political structure to military domination and culture influence ?

    • Jack Talia Steinberg

      Jack Talia Steinberg

      26 dagen geleden

      A lot came from the Republic, but a lot of new things were added

  54. Flovus


    27 dagen geleden

    17:33 "The Gauls proclaimed an empire of their own" I do not think this is an accurate description. I am not a historian, but as I understand it, leadership of the "Gallic Empire" was predominantly Roman. However, emperor Postumus was possibly of Batavian origin (i.e., Germanic). The tribes in the GE were (mostly?) Celtic and Germanic.

  55. mynameisawesomeman


    28 dagen geleden

    people only speak french in Quebec, not all across Canada..... this map isnt exactly accurate

  56. Humreet Dhatt

    Humreet Dhatt

    28 dagen geleden

    TIMESTAMPS 00:00 - [Music: "Creative Soundtrack" by UniqueSound] 00:35 - Age of Kings 02:41 - Birth of the Republic 04:09 - The Expansion of Rome [Music: "Fireflies" by Paul Mottram] 07:12 - Civil Wars and the Fall of the Republic 10:35 - Empire. The Age of Augustus 12:09 - The First Emperors 15:05 - The Height of Empire 16:13 - The Crisis of Empire 18:32 - The End of Empire [Music: "Fireflies" by Paul Mottram] 19:45 - Post ScriptumTIMESTAMPS

    • Anubis


      18 dagen geleden

      Thank you a lot

    • Humreet Dhatt

      Humreet Dhatt

      28 dagen geleden

      @Samanpreet Gill ik why is evryone from our class finding this

    • Samanpreet Gill

      Samanpreet Gill

      28 dagen geleden

      hi socials sucks

    • Harshaan Buttar

      Harshaan Buttar

      28 dagen geleden

      @Humreet Dhatt ight

    • Humreet Dhatt

      Humreet Dhatt

      28 dagen geleden

      @Harshaan Buttar lol im still doing this

  57. Jake Brown

    Jake Brown

    28 dagen geleden

    This is whats happening to America as well! Immigrant influx

  58. Jake Brown

    Jake Brown

    28 dagen geleden

    Is Americas English not based off Latin too????

    • Jack Talia Steinberg

      Jack Talia Steinberg

      26 dagen geleden

      The alphabet I’m pretty sure came from Latin but the 2 languages are not that close. The alphabet went to modern day France, Germany, and Britain. Then they made their own languages I’m pretty sure

  59. Josh Reimer

    Josh Reimer

    29 dagen geleden

    POV: your checking if the video is actually 20 minutes long

  60. noel0702


    29 dagen geleden

    Basically everyone just wanna own a farm and that's how war started

  61. Richardsen


    29 dagen geleden

    Seeing the epilogue with the Roman baker legit made tear up.

  62. banker


    29 dagen geleden

    3:49 I think the first written law is the code of Hammurabi

  63. Fearless,formidable ferocious fox fan

    Fearless,formidable ferocious fox fan

    Maand geleden

    Nicely put together and narrated doccie, thx

  64. Just Some Guy without a Mustache

    Just Some Guy without a Mustache

    Maand geleden

    "So how many people are going to die?" Ancient Rome: "Yes"

    • The J Machine

      The J Machine

      27 dagen geleden

      Holy shit man. You're everywhere.

    • Melvin Njoroge

      Melvin Njoroge

      Maand geleden

      You're here too🤯

  65. Samuel


    Maand geleden

    Great video! The quick skip over Yeshua on the cross was like woah woah that was quiccckk haha. Bless

  66. Darth Sidious

    Darth Sidious

    Maand geleden

    why am i so into ancient rome and greece.

  67. Through The Moon Door

    Through The Moon Door

    Maand geleden

    "Rome offered migrants a unique opportunity to become fully fletched citizens. This will make Rome the largest metropolitan city in the ancient world." Take notes literally every country in the world.

    • Through The Moon Door

      Through The Moon Door

      Maand geleden

      @Solo Traveler - Off The Beaten Path "soon after" is a bit of a stretch lmao

    • Solo Traveler - Off The Beaten Path

      Solo Traveler - Off The Beaten Path

      Maand geleden

      Considering Rome fell soon after and no longer exists. Big oof.

  68. TEAM6USA


    Maand geleden

    This is a confirmation about Lannisters always paying their debts.

  69. StoicSwordsman


    Maand geleden

    Who was Nero's biological father?

  70. StoicSwordsman


    Maand geleden

    *Wonder why they didnt fuck with China when they are that close? 🤔🤔🤔* Maybe they owed them trillions in debt 😂🤣🤣🤣



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  72. Tadeo Blanco

    Tadeo Blanco

    Maand geleden

    Be honest you’re here because your history teacher made you watch this

  73. Abigail Gossett

    Abigail Gossett

    Maand geleden

    Where can I find more Brian Cox narration?

  74. DefineMeAsOne


    Maand geleden

    Ah yes, Marcus Vergilius, the first voldemort. 00:25

  75. Cyril Augustin

    Cyril Augustin

    Maand geleden

    So French derived from Latin, and the Normans invaded England in 1066, bring with them their language which was synthesized with English, so shouldn't more countries be included? And what about Acadian?

  76. J D

    J D

    Maand geleden

    Fantastic video! Subbed!

  77. Bradley Mark

    Bradley Mark

    Maand geleden

    Citizenship that is given has no value.... went seriously downhill from 212ad. Wonder if giving citzenship to everyone catalysed the fall of Rome.

  78. Jake Richardson

    Jake Richardson

    Maand geleden

    Background music very irritating,

  79. Lilliane lu

    Lilliane lu

    Maand geleden

    BBC will call for the copyright , you can not use the material of public UK TV, you shoud pay for the work BBC done , its call stealing the matherials

  80. Gaetano


    Maand geleden

    Why is Canada highlighted as a county that speaks Roman(ce)? Why not the US?

  81. Mister Vacation

    Mister Vacation

    Maand geleden

    Won't you spare me over til another year Well what is this that I can't see With ice cold hands takin' hold of me Well I am death, none can excel I'll open the door to heaven or hell Whoa, death someone would pray Could you wait to call me another day The children prayed, the preacher preached Time and mercy is out of your reach I'll fix your feet til you cant walk I'll lock your jaw til you cant talk I'll close your eyes so you can't see This very hour, come and go with me I'm death I come to take the soul Leave the body and leave it cold To draw up the flesh off of the frame Dirt and worm both have a claim O, Death O, Death

  82. T cp

    T cp

    Maand geleden

    Graphic work awful.

  83. Male Human Person

    Male Human Person

    Maand geleden

    How embarrassing that they attempted to conflate patriarchal societies with "simplicity". As if the Greeks were not patriarchal.

  84. Bk O

    Bk O

    Maand geleden

    The preacher wasn’t crucifixes it’s claimed he is likewise just as many claim he wasn’t the source that claims he was also says things like that man cannot be harmed which contradicts crucifixion and that source the bible cannot be trusted

  85. Autodidactic Artisan

    Autodidactic Artisan

    Maand geleden

    Look ive bee saying this since I was 11 years old, rome fell not long after accepting christianity and that cant be a coincidence

  86. Elyson Panolino

    Elyson Panolino

    Maand geleden

    Wow, Rome is founded by Romulus, the last emperor's name is Romulus

  87. morton wagoner

    morton wagoner

    Maand geleden

    Rome really stuck its dick in everything

  88. Ian Oliver

    Ian Oliver

    Maand geleden

    This is a history of dictators back in Roman times. Today we have such similarities: Aliyev (Azerbaijan), Ali Khamenei (Iran), Kim Jong-un (North Korea), Ortega (Nicaragua), Bashar Al-Assad (Syria), Erdogan (Turkey) and let's not forget the two most dangerous of all: Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China! Seems history has not taught us anything!!

  89. Hencewurth


    Maand geleden

    this was a really interesting video. I never knew it was this complex

  90. Kostadin B.

    Kostadin B.

    Maand geleden

    Make one about the Macedonian empire!

  91. George George

    George George

    Maand geleden

    so basically after attaining the height of their power , they descended into madness ... sounds familiar ...

  92. Andrae Nicholson

    Andrae Nicholson

    Maand geleden

    When Hannibal Lector glosses over Hannibal Barca's struggle in the Punic Wars

  93. Fast and Fit

    Fast and Fit

    Maand geleden

    Not watching it. Just want to say that the wars the Romans had with the Persians (Iranians), in most of them, Iran came out on top. Somehow no movie was ever made about their defeats in the hands of the Persians. Hollywood makes fictional movies a lot. For some reason they glorify the Romans and the Greeks. For they think that they have a connection to these two cultures and civilizations. If anything, most of the early Americans came from England and Germany. Of course, we had Italian and Greek immigrants, but they do not constitute the majority. Therefore, that glorious and psychological connection is not there, no matter how many more movies we could make. Also, a lot of early Americans did come from Africa. You can call that forced immigration! Yet, how many movies have been made to glorify their cultures, or show their immense contributions in building the infrastructure of our country?

  94. wayne john

    wayne john

    Maand geleden

    In the end anyone could be in power including buying at auction sounds kind of like America 🤔

  95. The Mountain

    The Mountain

    Maand geleden

    Agamemnon. what a voice!

  96. Born Again

    Born Again

    Maand geleden

    But it was not a preacher, it was God the son incarnate. He resurrected and now is about to come again as the king of kings and Lord of Lords. Our creator was born as a child to rescue us! A miracle.

  97. Born Again

    Born Again

    Maand geleden

    This confirms that history repeats itslef! I is happening again nowadays. Amen

  98. Emperor Penguin

    Emperor Penguin

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  99. Rachie S

    Rachie S

    Maand geleden

    If we don’t learn from history we will be doomed to repeat it

  100. Augusto Galarza

    Augusto Galarza

    Maand geleden

    What's happened to this channel! Now they're only posting in russian 😑