The History Channel returns to the brutality of the Roman gladiators in eight-part documentary series Colosseum, premiering Sunday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The series looks at the “savage truth of a gladiator’s life as a slave-warrior to the … ways Rome’s Emperors used the vast amphitheater to demonstrate total power,” according to History. Each episode will explore the life of one historic character – combining reenactment with expert commentary – while the series spans the colosseum’s history from its opening day to its closing one.

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Colosseum is produced for The History Channel by October Films and Motion. Jim Greayer serves as showrunner for October Films. Executive producers for October Films are Jos Cushing, Chris Muckle and Matt Robins. Series producer is Johanna Woodford Gibbon. Executive producers for Motion are Richard Foster and Chet Fenster. Eli Lehrer, Mary E. Donahue, Mike Stiller and Brooke Townsend serve as executive producers for The History Channel. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights to Colosseum.

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