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NOVA; Secrets of Lost Empires: Colosseum


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Secrets of Lost Empires: Colosseum
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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"Colosseum" employs expert circus-tent riggers to show how the biggest big top of all was raised: the awesome awning that once shaded the Roman Colosseum during gladiatorial duels, mock sea battles and the spectacle of wild animals feasting on helpless captives. The surprising engineering difficulty of the awning proves that Romans took their comfort very seriously.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Secrets of Lost Empires: Colosseum,” 11/14/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 25, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_59D4C7BE93F742B7BB234DFE00AD63FD.
MLA: “NOVA; Secrets of Lost Empires: Colosseum.” 11/14/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 25, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_59D4C7BE93F742B7BB234DFE00AD63FD>.
APA: NOVA; Secrets of Lost Empires: Colosseum. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_59D4C7BE93F742B7BB234DFE00AD63FD
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