The Rise & Fall of the Romans: Every Year Shown in a Timelapse Map Animation (753 BC -1479 AD)

The Youtuber "EmperorTigerstar" specializes in documenting the unfolding of world historical events by stitching together hundreds of maps into timelapse films. In years past, we've featured his "map animations" of the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865), World War I (1914-1918), and World War II (1939-1945). Today, we're highlighting a more ambitious project, an attempt to visually document the rise and fall of the Romans. The video covers 2,000 years of history, in just ten minutes.

Moving from 753 BC  to 1479 AD, the map animation shows Rome's territorial boundaries changing as the Roman Kingdom morphs into the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire. Then the gravity of history takes over and we experience the gradual decline of Roman civilization. We see the bifurcation that splits the Empire into Western and Eastern (Byzantine) parts, until only a sad, little piece remains.

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  • Divyanka Beniwal says:

    The history of the Roman Empire covers the history of Ancient Rome. You have shared many relevant and informative points.Thanks for sharing.

  • Bob says:

    Great! Would love to see the same treatment of the Roman Catholic Church and other Catholic/Christian Churches around the Mediterranean.

  • Scott Mansfield says:

    Each time a piece of land flashes from white to color or back, men killed each other. Thousands maybe millions of brutal deaths for the Roman Empire. I guess the winners got land and booty, but all that killing seems rather pointless in retrospect, given the cost.

  • Diocletian says:

    Whats the music ? It’s great.

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