Five hundred years before Christ a young prince left his palace and set out on a journey through Northern India. His experiences became a philosophy that is now followed by over 400 million people. In the 1800s Western archaeologists and explorers stumbled upon the small village of Lumbini in Nepal where they discovered the birthplace of the Buddha, enabling them to unlock the secrets of his life.
An ambitious young king who seizes the throne of the Khmer Empire by murder, commissions the largest stone temple in the world built entirely on a swamp - the mighty temple of Angkor Wat.
Terry discovers that the key to Rome's success in spreading anti-barbarian propaganda was the survival of the Catholic Church, the scribes of history, after the fall of the Western Empire.
We peel back the layers of the great church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to reveal its incredible engineering secrets, and vividly bring to life the astonishing story of its construction.
Hatshepsut - The daughter and also the wife of a king, Hatshepsut wanted to be king, not queen, and she succeeded. She pushed her nephew and rightful heir to the throne, Tuthmoses III, aside and for 22 years ruled as King of Upper and Lower Egypt. She wore the pharoah's false beard of authority and is shown in her statues wearing male garb.
Terry Jones immerses himself in the world of the 'barbarians' of the East - the Greeks and the Persians - and discovers that it was they who were the brains of the ancient world and the Romans the destroyers of progress.
The stunning tale of the building of the most spectacular - and impossible - monument in the Americas - the sacred mountain-top city of Machu Picchu.
Akhenaten - At the end of the 18th dynasty a great heresy plagued Egypt. The pharaoh Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten and declared that there is but one god, Aten the solar disk. He moved the capital of Egypt form Thebes to a desert wilderness which he called the Horizon of the Aten. Along with the change in religion, Akhenaten changed the 2000 year cannon of Egyptian art from highly stylized formal presentations to natural poses and subjects.
According to Rome, German barbarians were among the most brutal of all. Terry Jones discovers that when it came to brutality, it was the Romans who were the masters and the Germans merely rebelled against Roman occupation.
Bob Brier hosts this series that documents the lives of three of Egypt's famous leaders. There are tales of great battles, personal obsessions and intimate relationships. The three powerful rulers, Ramses the Great, Akhenaten, and Queen Hatshepsut have their entire life histories documented on the walls of their elaborate stone tombs. Bob Brier will decipher the paintings and hieroglyphics to uncover the true stories of these Egyptian Pharaohs.
Terry Jones reveals the image of savages, hell bent on slaughter, pillage and rape, is merely ancient spin by Rome. In his journey Jones exposes the depth of this deception, exploding myths and setting records straight.
We travel back through time to reveal how human resourcefulness and courageous endeavour would create one of the ancient world's most magnificent megastructures, the Khazneh.
In 1666 a great fire engulfed the city of London destroying the magnificent cathedral of Old St Paul's. Architect, Christopher Wren, set out to raise a new cathedral from the ashes which soon became an iconic landmark of London.
This program brings to life the ingenious engineering solutions and treacherous political betrayals that gave birth to what is arguably the most perfect example of Moorish architecture in existence - The Alhambra.
The breathtaking engineering and organisation behind the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which was built to turn a Pharaoh into a god, and helped create the Egyptian state.
The dramatic story behind the Colosseum in Ancient Rome: the men who created it and the men who fought and died within it.
The story of Chartres, the most beautiful of all medieval cathedrals; the audacity of the man who dreamed it up and the men who achieved a feat which was thought impossible.
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