The History Channel has set a July 17 premiere for premium docuseries Coliseumwhich tells the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through the history of the iconic arena.
Spanning several hundred years, from the day the Colosseum opened to the last gladiatorial games in the 5th century, the eight-part series will examine the history and culture of the Roman Empire from various angles focusing about eight key characters – all based on real people from the story, and selected from a range of diverse backgrounds and social statuses. Highlighting one character per episode, the series will use dramatic recreations to bring their stories to life, and will also feature commentary from leading experts and scholars on the Roman Empire.
Coliseum is produced for the History Channel by October Films and Motion. Jim Greayer is the showrunner of October Films, while Johanna Woodford Gibbon is the series producer. Jos Cushing, Chris Muckle and Matt Robins are executive producers for October, and executive producers for Motion are Richard Foster and Chet Fenster. Eli Lehrer, Mary E. Donahue, Mike Stiller and Brooke Townsend serve as executive producers for the History Channel. A+E Networks retains worldwide distribution rights.