Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II wages an epic campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries.
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Cem Yigit Uzümoglu ...  Fatih Sultan Mehmet / ... 6 episodes, 2020
Tommaso Basili ...  Emperor Constantine XI 6 episodes, 2020
Selim Bayraktar ...  Çandarli Halil Pasha 6 episodes, 2020
Birkan Sokullu ...  Giovanni Giustiniani Longo 6 episodes, 2020
Osman Sonant Osman Sonant ...  Loukas Notaras 6 episodes, 2020
Tuba Büyüküstün ...  Mara Brankovic 6 episodes, 2020
Ushan Çakir ...  Zaganos Pasha 6 episodes, 2020
Damla Sönmez ...  Ana 6 episodes, 2020
Ilayda Akdogan ...  Therma Sphrantzes 6 episodes, 2020
Tugrul Tulek ...  George Sphrantzes 6 episodes, 2020
Luca Marroco Luca Marroco ...  Gennadius Scholarius 6 episodes, 2020
Taro Emir Tekin Taro Emir Tekin ...  Mehmed Entourage 1 6 episodes, 2020
Deniz Ince Deniz Ince ...  Giustiniani Entourage 1 6 episodes, 2020
Coskun Altunbay Coskun Altunbay ...  Giustiniani Entourage 2 6 episodes, 2020
Masallah Baris Masallah Baris ...  Giustiniani Entourage 3 / ... 6 episodes, 2020
Alen Papazyan Alen Papazyan ...  Giustiniani Entourage 4 / ... 6 episodes, 2020
Ryan Ol ...  Genovese Nobleman 6 episodes, 2020
Talha Efe Cenetoglu Talha Efe Cenetoglu ...  Giustiniani Entourage 3 / ... 6 episodes, 2020
Lars Brownworth ...  Self - Author, 'Lost to the West' 6 episodes, 2020
Roger Crowley ...  Self - Author, '1453' 6 episodes, 2020
Charles Dance ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 2020
Halit Ergenç ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 2020
Jason Goodwin ...  Self - Author, 'Lords of the Horizons' 6 episodes, 2020
Marios Philippedes ...  Self - Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Massachusetts Amherst 6 episodes, 2020
Michael Talbot ...  Self - Senior Lecturer in Ottoman History, University of Greenwich 6 episodes, 2020
Resit Berker Enhos ...  Byzantine Nobleman 1 5 episodes, 2020
Dogukan Gürhan Dogukan Gürhan ...  Mehmed Entourage 2 5 episodes, 2020
Ramazan Demir Ramazan Demir ...  Mehmed Entourage 3 5 episodes, 2020
Serkan Demir Serkan Demir ...  Mehmed Entourage 4 / ... 5 episodes, 2020
Alp Türker Ilkman Alp Türker Ilkman ...  Ottoman Emmisary and Mehmeds Guard / ... 5 episodes, 2020
Emrah Safa Gürkan ...  Self - Associate Professor of History, Istanbul 29 Mayis University 5 episodes, 2020
Celal Sengör ...  Self - Istanbul Technical University 5 episodes, 2020
Cem Baza ...  Hasan Pasha 4 episodes, 2020
Nail Kirmizigül Nail Kirmizigül ...  Hizir Çelebi 4 episodes, 2020
Cagatay Atasagun Cagatay Atasagun ...  Selim Pasha 4 episodes, 2020
Ilkay Oskay Ilkay Oskay ...  Byzantine Nobleman 3 / ... 4 episodes, 2020
Hakan Aydin Hakan Aydin ...  Byzantine Nobleman 4 / ... 4 episodes, 2020
Giovanni Lelli Giovanni Lelli ...  Byzantine Nobleman 4 episodes, 2020
Dogan Can Sarikaya Dogan Can Sarikaya ...  Young Mehmed 3 episodes, 2020
Eva Dedova ...  Catherine Brankovic 3 episodes, 2020
Alex Dave Alex Dave ...  Byzantine Nobleman 2 3 episodes, 2020
Gökhan Güngör Gökhan Güngör ...  Mehmed Entourage 4 / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Serhat Kurtay Serhat Kurtay ...  Çandarli Entourage / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Geoffrey Ballinger Geoffrey Ballinger ...  Priest / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Berk Memik Berk Memik ...  Mehmed Entourage 6 / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Salih Usta Salih Usta ...  Ottoman Advisor 3 episodes, 2020
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Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II wages an epic campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries.

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George Sphrantzes was the Emperor Constantine XI's personal secretary and friend. According to his own account of the conquest of Constantinople, his daughter Thamar (named Therma in the series) was 12 years old when the city fell and was taken into captivity by the Turks, dying in the Sultan's harem in September 1455 of an infectious disease. Therefore, the series inaccurately portrays her as having escaped to the island of Chios. There is also no evidence that Thamar and Giovanni Giustiniani Longo, the leader of the Genoese mercenaries, were in a romantic relationship. See more »

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Powerful and bingeworthy
25 January 2020 | by Amazing-StoriesSee all my reviews

This is a historical fiction docuseries, showing the Fall of Constantinople from a Turkish perspective. Historical fiction is by definition not fully historically accurate, because past events are placed on a narrative arc and dramatized in order to build a strong story. Accept this and you'll be a happier viewer.

The iron-willed Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror is beautifully played by Cem Yigit Uzümoglu, who's destined to become a global star after this memorable performance. Because of Cem's passionate portrayal of the young Ottoman ruler Mehmed II, I found myself rooting for him in spite of the tragic fates of many soldiers, mercenaries and innocent civilians.

This series was produced and directed by a Turkish film team, and most actors are also Turkish. Critics who claim that the series is biased in favour of the Romans are clearly missing something. In this particular story the Romans are defending themselves against an attack, and many of the victims are civilians, so there's bound to be scenes where we sympathize with them. This is how good storytelling works, and it would have been a creative failure not to include that side of the story.

'Rise of Empires: Ottoman' is a powerful, visually impressive and absolutely bingeworthy series that will linger in my mind for a very long time.


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24 January 2020 (Hungary) See more »

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Rise of Empires: Ottoman See more »

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Istanbul, Turkey

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