The sin of greed is condemned in the Bible by the Tenth Commandment: "Thou Shalt Not Covet." While vilified from the time of Moses to the modern bankers' bailouts, the sin of greed has created vast empires and doomed them as well. Wise men from the philosopher Aristotle to Jesus have railed against this vice, but the 18th Century economist Adam Smith theorized that capitalism itself was based on the sin of greed. Today, many question the sin ... has greed become good?

In this intriguing series, HISTORY examines the impact of the seven deadly sins on mankind throughout the ages.

We learn how the concept originated 'as a way to keep a lustful fourth-century monk from sinning again 'and how they were pared down from eight to the seven we recognize today: gluttony, lust, greed, anger, sloth, envy, and pride. For the Catholic faithful they became a guide on the path to heaven. To repeat offenders, they promised damnation in Hell and very specific, very gruesome punishments. Gluttons, for instance, would be force-fed rats, toads and snakes.

The warnings couldn't be clearer: Succumb to any of the seven deadly sins and God's judgment will be severe.

Film Duration: 44 min