History has ordered Barbarians Rising, an eight-part docudrama that tells the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. The limited event series is a global co-production for History channels produced by October Films, slated to premiere in 2016 across 185+ territories.

Barbarians Rising is told from the perspective of the barbarian rebel leaders. The Roman Empire called them “barbarians” – tribes the Romans viewed beyond the fringe of civilization that lived a brutish and violent existence. However, these were also men and women who launched epic struggles that shaped the world to come. The docudrama features nine of history’s greatest warriors – Hannibal, who vowed a blood oath at the age of nine; Spartacus, the slave-turned-rebel who led a barbarian revolt; Boudica, the Celtic warrior Queen; Arminius, the stolen son of Germany; Attila, scourge of the east; as well as fighting units, the Goths, a fierce people betrayed by the empire; and the Vandals, the wandering raiders who dealt Rome’s final death blow.

Adam Bullmore is executive producer, Simon George (World War II From Space) is executive director, and Michael Waterhouse (The Bible) is series producer for October Films. Executive producers for History are Kristen Burns, Russ McCarroll and Sally Habbershaw.

A+E Networks is handling worldwide distribution.