A SIX-HOUR DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Join author and distinguished history professor Jonathan Phillips of Royal Holloway, University of London, as he takes viewers on a spectacular and dramatic twelve thousand mile journey of a lifetime, traveling the ancient roads to the very places where Christianity began. Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine is a captivating adventure through four centuries and seven countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.
Jonathan travels in six extraordinary episodes to the places where history was made. Viewers along with Jonathan experience the sights and sounds of the past revealing in a personal way the passionate stories, struggles and triumphs of the early Christians.
Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine is produced and directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Hector Galan who has produced over 40 hours of primetime programming for PBS including programs for FRONTLINE and THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and for the History Channel.
A compelling six-hour television series, Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine, takes viewers on an exciting and visually stunning journey to the beautiful and important historical places where Christianity was born and grew from a small movement called “The Way” to its place as the official religion of the Roman Empire. Today, Christianity is the largest religion in the world, with over 2 billion followers.
We travel with host Jonathan Phillips on a journey into the fascinating world of the early Christians and meet experts who have devoted their lives to the study of this important historical period. We explore the triumphs and tribulations of the faith’s long struggle, reliving its pivotal moments at the actual locations where those events unfolded – from Judea where Jesus preached, through the places where Paul the Apostle traveled to make the God of one nation into the God of all peoples, through the great persecutions that the early Christians faced and finally to Rome, where Roman Emperor Constantine the Great embraced the faith as his own.
Join host and narrator, Jonathan Phillips, author and distinguished history professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, as he takes us on a 12,000 mile personal journey through seven countries in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East to bring this rich history to life. This journey is both entertaining and enlightening, full of sights and sounds that capture the essence of Christianity’s early history and its incredible triumph against all odds.
In hour two we meet the man whose transformation is one of the most compelling in history, the Apostle Paul. We journey with Jonathan Phillips as he re-traces Paul’s bold quest to bring the Christian message to Asia and Europe, a quest which would see him imprisoned, beaten, and on the brink of death.
Hour one begins its journey in Bethlehem and travels throughout the Holy Land. With the Gospels as our guide, we join our host Jonathan Phillips as he traces the incredible journey of Jesus from his birth, ministry, passion, and resurrection.
We travel with Jonathan Phillips on Paul’s third and final missionary journey as the Apostolic Age comes to an end. We witness how the remaining apostles, except for John, are martyred for their unwavering beliefs. In Rome, Paul and the Apostle Peter, will both meet their fate in the hands of one of the cruelest tyrants in history.
In hour four, the city of Jerusalem will be rocked by war. Then we travel to Patmos Island where John was exiled and visit the cave where John wrote the most enigmatic book of the New Testament, Revelation. We witness the crucial battle where powerful heretics claiming special knowledge of Jesus threatened to distort, divide and even to destroy the Christian faith.
We will travel to North Africa and tell the story of Perpetua, a young Christian martyr, whose extraordinary story still resonates today. We will go to places where Christians faced unimaginable violence because of their beliefs, where the Roman Empire threatened everything that Christians stood for with their pagan temples, emperor cult, and vicious tortures.
In our last hour, we see how Rome exerted its fullest effort to eradicate Christianity. But both emperors and empires had fallen exhausted, while the faith grew stronger. It would be the conversion of one man that would fully transform the fortunes of the Christian Faith. He is known as Constantine the Great. This is his incredible story.
Jonathan Phillips, Ph.D, a professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, is a distinguished author and frequent consultant and on air presence for BBC radio, BBC television, and the History Channel. He is the author of numerous books on the crusades, most recently Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades, published by Bodley Head. To very positive reviews, it was selected by the Sunday Telegraph as a History Book of 2009 and has been translated into Dutch, French and Italian. Over the last two years, Phillips has given invited conference papers and lectures in Istanbul, Malta, St. Louis, USA, Braunscheweig and Aarhus.
Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine is a production of Galan Incorporated for Sunrise Films. Galan Incorporated is a television and film production company based in Austin, TX with over 30 years of producing television and film for national and international broadcasters. The award-winning production company headed by veteran documentary producer/director Hector Galan has produced prime-time documentaries, television series, and music specials.
The Series Executive Producer for Sunrise Films is Jerry Daigle with almost twenty years in the motion picture industry as executive producer and producer on over 14 feature films.
Contact: Paul Marcus