"Barbarians Rising" is a docu-drama series on History Channel that reveals the true story of the 700-year struggle to bring down one of strongest empires the world has ever known.

This series tells the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire from the perspective of the barbarian rebel leaders. It is a visceral journey into the heart of a wave of rebellions against absolute power. The Roman Empire called them "barbarians" — tribes the Romans viewed beyond the fringe of civilization that lived a brutish and violent existence. However, these were also men and women who launched epic struggles that shaped the world to come.

The series features 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. These monumental tales tell the story of how one of the world's greatest Empires is undone by their aggressive quest for expansion.

The series features the true stories of nine of history's greatest warriors. The cast includes Nicholas Pinnock ("Captain America: The First Avenger," "Fortitude") as Hannibal, who vowed a blood oath at the age of nine to destroy Rome; Ben Batt ("The Edge of Love," "Shameless" (UK)) as Spartacus, the slave-turned-rebel who led a barbarian revolt; Kirsty Mitchell ("The Royal Today," "River City") as Boudica, the avenging Celtic warrior Queen; Tom Hopper ("Black Sails," "Merlin") as Arminius, the son of Germany surrendered to Rome; Emil Hostina ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I and II") as Attila, scourge of the east; Gavin Drea ("What Richard Did," "Love/Hate") as Alaric, the king of the Goths; Steven Waddington ("The Imitation Game") as Fritigern, the warrior who took down an Emperor; Richard Brake ("Batman Begins," "Game of Thrones") as Geiseric, the last barbarian standing; and Jefferson Hall ("Vikings," "Game of Thrones") as Viriathus, the shepherd-turned-rebel leader.

To reveal the fact-based history behind the legends, History and October Films amassed an eclectic group of experts and contributors that includes General Wesley Clark, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, one of the first female combat veterans' in the U.S. Congress; Rev. Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Leader; Dr. Clarence B. Jones, speechwriter and advisor to Martin Luther King Jr.; CSM Eric L. Haney, U.S. Army (Ret.); Dr. Darius Arya, American Institute for Roman Culture (U.S.); Professor Barry Strauss, Cornell University (U.S.); Dr. Virginia Campbell, University of Oxford(U.S.); Dr. Dan-El Padilla Peralta, Princeton University (U.S.); Dr. Steve Kershaw, University of Oxford (U.K.); Colonel Kevin W. Farrell, military historian(U.S.); Professor Noel Lenski, Yale University (U.S.); Professor Peter Heather, King's College London (U.K.); Vanessa Collingridge, author (U.K.); Valerio Massimo Manfredi, archaeologist and writer (Italy); and Professor Walter Pohl, University of Vienna (Austria).

"Barbarians Rising" is produced for History by October Films. Adam Bullmore is executive producer, Simon George ("World War II from Space") is executive director, and Michael Waterhouse ("The Bible") is series producer for October Films. Executive producers for History are Kristen Burns, Russ McCarroll and Sally Habbershaw.


Network: History Channel
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: June 6, 2016
Seasons: 1
Production Company: October Films

'Barbarians Rising' Tells True Tales of Legendary Warriors — Due next year, the new History Channel event docu-series reveals the stories of Hannibal, Spartacus, Boudica, Attila the Hun, as well as the Goths and Vandals who risked everything to change the world. Read more...

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