Superweapons of the Ancient World Documentary Series Overview (2004)


Superweapons of the Ancient World is a history, technology documentary hosted by Glenn Wrage, and aired by Discovery Channel in 2004.


Long before the atomic age, military masters engineered terrifying machines of war that were heralded as the technological wonders of the day. How would these “weapons of mass destruction” of millennia past measure up today? Superweapons of the Ancient World, a three-part documentary puts the theory to the test, as teams of experts are challenged to re-create some of the ancient world’s most fearsome weapons and test them in action. With only seven days to do the job and using only materials sourced on location in the ancient kingdom of Morocco, engineers, timber framers and blacksmiths set out to create three of the deadliest weapons in antiquity: the claw, the ram and city destroyer. The function of the weapons must be as authentic as possible, but the team is permitted to use modern tools and techniques where necessary.

Superweapons of the Ancient World Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Production:
    • Darlow Smithson Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Discovery Channel.
  • Release Date: 07 October 2004 to 21 October 2004.
  • Running time: 49 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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