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Shows like Rome: Ancient Civilizations Brought to Life

These documentaries, dramatizations, and dramas bring ancient civilizations to life. They span across the globe, including the great Empires of China, Byzantium, and Rome.

Shows like Spartacus: Historical Action Series

If you prefer your fight scenes with swords over guns, and love a good carriage chase, this list of action-packed shows set in the past is for you.

Shows Like Peaky Blinders: Period Shows for Dudes

Forget the emotional life of butlers and wind-swept moors. These gritty shows are all about sword-wielding soldiers and Victorian bad guys.

Shows like Spartacus: Live by the sword, Die by the Sword

What do Ancient Rome, Medieval Florence, and the Eastern Han Dynasty have in common? No not great art or literature--sword fights. Lots and lots of sword fights. Sure some of them gratuitous in terms of advancing the plot, but how else are you going to kill your enemies (or zombies, or vampires)?

Biggest Budget Historical Shows

When it comes to producing great historical dramas, money is not everything--but it's not nothing either since armies, cavalry, and fleets do not come cheap.

Shows like Rome: Sandals, Scandals, and Vandals

They may be set in antiquity, but there's nothing dusty about these period shows; check out HBO's 'Rome' for a Deadwood-esque treat, or if you have some time on your hands, binge the entire 'Spartacus' franchise.

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