'Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)
Overview: Embark on an exciting journey to the important historical places of early Christianity, starting from where Christianity was born, growing from a small movement called The Way to its eventual place as the official religion of the Roman Empire. This enlightening six-hour/episode journey is full of sights and sounds that capture the essence of Christianity's early history and its incredible triumph against all odds.
DVD Verdict: This is a marvelous film that everyone interested in the history of Christianity should see. It is filled with details that are not otherwise generally available, and more importantly, you get to visit each of these places and look at the artifacts and remnants from past civilizations. The graphics are good and the photography is excellent. It's not however, a perfect film as the experts are definitely from the B list, and seem to be chosen because of their proximity to Phillips.
A Journey In Six Episodes: Birth of a Faith - The Great Missionary - Age of the Apostles - From Apocalypse to Heresies - Pagans and the Cult of Martyrs - Constantine.
There is also an orthodox approach to the history of Christianity, taking the accepted POV which is church dogma, but not necessarily the latest interpretation of events/people. Putting aside these issues, the film is unduplicated in giving you access to material you can't find elsewhere. Phillips and his crew are to be commended for giving us this great gift. [James G.] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs .