This documentary explores the origin and history of the ancient Olympic games - a contest of athletic prowess that began 2500 years ago in celebration of the god Zeus and featured sacrifice, feasting and processions. But there are aspects of that ancient competition that are strangely similar to today's Games.
One of the cruellest, most demeaning and excruciating ways to die. Since the Romans chose this as their method to execute Jesus Christ, most people wrongly associate crucifixion as a strictly sacred or religious symbol. In fact crucifixions didn't start with the Romans.
Nearly 3000 years ago, a tiny group of tribes in the land of Canaan gave birth to a nation and a religion, a religion that would dare to redefine humanity's relationship with God. Kingdom of David: The Saga Of The Israelites tells the epic story of the Israelites and the creation of the world's first and most profoundly influential, monotheistic religion.
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The second episode explores one of the most vivid and crucial events in the 400-year-long history of Roman Britain, the widespread rebellion spearheaded by the famous warrior queen known as Boudicca.
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.
Tutankhamun: Secrets Of The Boy King shows how new research is revealing previously unknown details about the real pharaoh behind the iconic gold mask. This film follows the Earl of Carnarvon - whose great-grandfather helped discover Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 - as he travels across Egypt, examining recent finds that will change our image of the boy king forever.
This programme, the first in the series, tells the exciting story of how and why the Romans invaded Britannia in the year AD 43. It shows that the invasion was rooted in two things, the emperor Claudius's desire to strengthen his grip on power by chalking up a major military conquest and the Roman state's intention to exploit the rich reserves of gold, silver, corn, timber and other natural resources the island was known to possess.
Egypt's last pharaoh, femme fatale, romantic icon, the ancient world's most famous woman, the lover of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, the ruler of the Egyptian empire. This is the historical image of Cleopatra - a woman who died for love, the victim of a self-inflicted snakebite. Now 2000 years after her death, this special investigation penetrates the distant past and sheds new light on Cleopatra's extraordinary life and her mysterious death.
Cleopatra is one of the greatest icons in history. The last Queen of Egypt, she was mythologised for her beauty, her love affairs, and her suicide. Now a remarkable discovery reveals the darker side of history's great queen. This story reveals a tale of sibling rivalry, lust, incest, murder and power that destroyed an empire.
Examines the life, times, and miraculous feats of Spartacus, an outstanding commander of the ancient world, a man who came from the lowest dregs of the gutter to rise up and build an army from scratch.
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