Barbarians is a four part documentary series which documents the history of the Goths, Vikings, Huns and Mongols.
They were the dreaded forces on the fringes of civilization, the bloodthirsty warriors who defied the Roman legions and terrorized the people of Europe.
They were the Barbarians, and their names still evoke images of cruelty and chaos. But what do we really know of these legendary warriors?
From the frigid North Sea to the Russian steppes, this ambitious documentary series tells the fascinating stories of four of the most fabled groups of fighters in history, tracing 1,000 years of conquest and adventure through inspired scholarship and extensive reenactments.
Episode 1: The Goths
Episode one follows the Goths, an east Germanic people who flourished in Europe throughout ancient times and into the Middle Ages.
Referred to at times as barbarians, they are famous for sacking the city of Rome in A.D. 410 and played an important role in the fall of the Western Roman Empire through the long series of Gothic Wars and in the emergence of Medieval Europe.
Episode 2: The Vikings
Barbarians continue in episode two and takes a look at the Vikings.
They are rugged warriors from Scandinavia who built an empire by tyrannising the sea and raiding and pillaging other lands.
Their era lasted three centuries before fading out, but the legends about them have never been forgotten.
Episode 3: The Huns
Episode three shows the story of The Huns. Their best-known leader, Atilla, is called “the Scourge of God.”
The Huns were a nomadic people who lived in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Eastern Europe, between the 4th and 6th century AD.
Under Atilla’s leadership the Huns bring parts of the Roman Empire to the verge of destruction.
Episode 4: The Mongols
Barbarians’ episode four follows the story of how the Mongols took over the world starting in 1206.
Here, a loose confederation of tribes roamed Mongolia and is united into a formidable nation by a young warrior named Genghis Khan.
Within 70 years, the Mongols establish the largest empire the world has ever seen.
- Release date2004
- Full runtime3 hours
- Narrated byClancy Brown
- Production CompanyA&E Television Networks, Gardner Films, History Channel, Lithuanian Film Studio
- Produced forA&E Television Networks, History Channel