The Hittite Empire was a major force in the ancient Near East between 1650 and 1200 BC. With photography from historical sites and museums of Turkey, Syria and Egypt, plus on location interviews with world renowned scholars, The Hittites traces the history of these people. Through the use of digital technology and dramatic re-enactments, key moments in Hittite history comes alive as audience journey back in time to experience what it meant to be a Hittite 3500 years ago. This documentary revolves around the personal stories of the six most influential kings and queen of the empire. Highlights include: The battle of Kadesh between the Hittites and Rameses II of Egypt, a turning point for the Near East and resulting in the first written peace agreement in history, The marriage between the Hittite King Hattusili III and Puduhepa, regarded as one of the greatest love stories of the ancient world, The plague which swept through the Near East and crippled Anatolia, The Hittite pantheon of Gods, which was the precursor of the Greek pantheon. This feature length programme is a discovery of a long forgotten civilisation which had the most advanced legal system of its time and had the oldest known Indo-European language in history.
The day Alexander the Great died he left behind one of the world's great empires. Get to know his legacy with Dates That Made History.
This program digs beneath the surface of the dazzling and mysterious Orkney Islands. Orkney might seem remote today, but in the Stone Age these fascinating islands were a technological, cultural and spiritual hub. This documentary uses CGI technology, satellite imaging, drone photography and a robot submarine to bring history to life.
We explore radical claims about the history of Rapa Nui's mysterious and controversial ancient islanders.
Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun died aged 18. Hastily mummified and placed in an unfinished tomb, his existence remained unknown until the tomb's sensational re-discovery in 1922. Two American detectives investigate how and why he died and conclude the evidence points to murder, conspiracy and cover-up. It's an irresistible whodunit where real life detectives hunt down real life ancient killers.
This is the story of archaeologists Dr Geoffrey Tassie and Prof Emad Khalil's hunt to find Alexander the Great's final resting place.
Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun died aged 18. Hastily mummified and placed in an unfinished tomb, his existence remained unknown until the tomb's sensational rediscovery in 1922. Two American detectives investigate how and why he died and conclude the evidence points to murder, conspiracy and cover-up. It's an irresistible whodunit where real life detectives hunt down real life ancient killers.
Archaeologists find extraordinary evidence of how the ancient Egyptians prepared for the afterlife and the disturbing lengths graverobbers went to.
Archaeologists investigate the powerful reign of one of the greatest female pharaohs in history - Hatshepsut.
Egyptologist Don Ryan works against the clock to examine the contents of Tomb 49 - and makes a dramatic discovery.
Follow archaeologists hunting for Queen Cleopatra's lost tomb and a team of underwater archaeologists exploring the ruins of ancient Alexandria.
Why did the great pharaohs of Egypt abandon the pyramids of Giza and choose a secret cemetery in the Valley of the Kings as their burial ground?
Mary Beard tells the story of Julius Caesar, who rose from humble beginnings to become the most powerful man in Rome - and his death in the most famous assassination in history. Julius Caesar was a general, dictator, politician, and the most famous Roman of them all.
A docu-drama covering the rise and the fall of the Roman world, including the founding by Julius Caesar and the building of Rome by Nero.
This series presents a countdown through the final days of life in Pompeii and how new archaeological digs and technologies are revealing previously unknown secrets about the people hidden beneath the ash.
New technology reveals how Tutankhamun's resting place remained hidden for so long, and an amazing new discovery in a 4000-year-old tomb.
Even today it is considered one of the greatest military feats ever. In 218 BC, a Carthaginian army of 90,000 men and three dozen elephants set out to cross the Alps to challenge the might of Rome. The exact route chosen by Hannibal, its charismatic commander, has been a matter of dispute ever since. Now, researchers believe they might be able to track his route. Their evidence - horse manure. They believe that Hannibal opted for the Col de la Traversette, until now regarded as the most unlikely option. In 2017 geomorphologist, William Mahaney, and microbiologist, Chris Allen, took soil samples on the Italian side, and they are hoping that the lab results will further back up their hypothesis.
Between 58 and 50 BC Julius Caesar fought a bloody campaign to absorb the whole of Gaul - modern-day France - into the Roman Empire. In his account of this period, De Bello Gallico, Caesar portrayed his actions as heroic, yet over this period he killed one million people, took another million hostage and destroyed 800 cities. In light of this, this programme examines whether his account was merely a masterpiece of propaganda that disguised the grim and brutal reality of the campaign.
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