The Great Pyramid of Egypt is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but the secret of how it was built has been lost to time. Now a series of incredible discoveries is allowing archaeologists to finally unlock the answers; revealing how and why the pharaoh Khufu built the biggest pyramid of all time. Using stunning CGI the complicated security features of the Great Pyramid are exposed, and the extent to which the ancient Egyptians utterly transformed the landscape is uncovered in unprecedented detail.
The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is the oldest and most intact of the seven wonders of the ancient world. For more than 4000 years, this iconic structure has puzzled and astounded in equal measures. Through a unique combination of pioneering archaeology and engineering experiments, this program shines new light on the age-old mystery of who built the pyramids, and how exactly they did it.
The ancient Greeks finally reach the peak of civilisation, revolutionising art, architecture, drama, philosophy and government, leaving a legacy that still points the way forward.
The ancient Greeks emerge from the first dark ages to compose timeless epics, compete in the original Olympic Games, conjure early theories of nature, and construct the world's first democracy.
They were an extraordinary people born of white rock and blue sea. They invented democracy, distilled logic and reason, wrote plays to plumb the deepest recesses of the soul and captured the perfection of the human form in athletics and art. Quite simply, the Greeks created our world. Ancient Greece was born out of chaos. And yet, it alone became the cornerstone of Western civilisation. Archaeologists, historians, scientists, athletes, actors and artists excavate the past and explore its impact on our world's present, and ultimately on the future. As the early Greeks rise from nothing and change everything, they lay the groundwork for a revolution in human thought.
Bettany Hughes goes to Alexandria, Egypt, to look at one of the great cities of history. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was once one of the intellectual and cultural hubs of the world.
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.
Cleopatra - a queen, a seductress, a living Goddess with a reputation that became legendary. We reveal the reasons why Cleopatra's name still resonates through the centuries. With sumptuous drama reconstruction and evidence from key experts including Bettany Hughes, Dr Chris Naunton and Dr Robert Steven Bianchi, we tell the true story behind Egypt's most famous ruler. How she survived a murderous and incestuous dynasty, secured her future by seducing the greatest leader Rome had ever seen and how her eventual fall from grace and ultimate death meant history would never forget her. This is the story of the real Cleopatra.
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.
Cleopatra - a queen, a seductress, a living goddess with a reputation that became legendary - we reveal the reasons why Cleopatra's name still resonates through the centuries. With sumptuous drama reconstruction and evidence from key experts including Bettany Hughes, Chris Naunton and Robert Steven Bianchi, we tell the true story behind Egypt's most famous ruler. How she survived a murderous and incestuous dynasty, secured her future by seducing the greatest leader Rome had ever seen, and how her eventual fall from grace and ultimate death meant history would never forget her. This is the story of the real Cleopatra.
The first town of over 1 million people was built more than 2000 years ago. Without any of our modern conveniences, and what we would consider necessities today, how did they function? Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explores the remains of these ancient megalopolises, explaining how to make a city work without the benefits of modern technology. He first journeys across stunning locations in Greece to find out how Athens gave birth to the idea of a city run by free citizens. Andrew then reveals how Rome surpassed all those cities from the ancient world that had gone before.
As much of the world descended into the Dark Ages after the fall of Rome, one civilisation shone brilliantly: the Byzantine Empire. With ruthless might and supreme ingenuity, the Byzantines ruled over vast swaths of Europe and Asia for more than a thousand years. A bridge to antiquity, it was Byzantium that preserved the classical learning and science that would one day give rise to the Renaissance. Led by rulers who exercised absolute power and architects who pushed beyond Rome's engineering marvels, the Byzantines constructed the ancient world's longest aqueduct, virtually invincible city walls, a massive stadium, and a colossal domed cathedral that defied the laws of nature.
The 2,000-year old ruins of the ancient city of Petra have captured the global imagination. Now, thanks to startling new evidence, experts are finally about to solve an enduring mystery: what led such a grand and elaborate city to be abandoned?
The story of the Aztec empire is one wrapped in myth and legend. In less than 200 years they transformed themselves from a band of wandering nomads to the greatest civilization the New World had ever known. What records remain of this amazing feat indicate they did it through brilliant military campaigns and by ingeniously applying technology to master the harsh environment they faced. They built their capital city where no city should have been possible: in the middle of a lake. They quickly transformed marshes into rich agricultural land surrounding an urban center that rivaled any city in the world at the time. They called it Tenochtitlan. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived there in 1519, and saw its gleaming pyramids, temples and places, grand canals filled with boats, enormous causeways crossing miles of lake from the mainland with aqueducts bringing fresh running water to the massive city, they actually thought they were dreaming.
Featuring true stories of great treasures, long-held conspiracies, and lost civilisations, this series looks at the most controversial and mysterious parts of our history and re-examines them. Hosted by Jamie Theakston, This series attempts to get to the very heart of what we think we know, scrutinising, considering, investigating and analysing along the way. Visiting locations from Petra in Jordan to Oak Island in Canada, each episode includes archive and interviews with leading historians, archaeologists, and scientists. Covering great conspiracies such as The Third Secret of Fatima, the mysteries of Templar treasure and a race of giants that seems to have been eradicated from history - all are contentious issues among religious and historical establishments.
Built using techniques that surpass modern ones, the temples, altars and residences of Machu Picchu have resisted torrential rains, landslides and earth tremors since being abandoned by the Incas.
A team of archaeologists are excavating an ancient village in Cambridgeshire, England known as 'The British Pompeii', that has transformed history's picture of life in Bronze Age Britain. Inside perfectly preserved roundhouses, the team has discovered everything from Britain's oldest wheel to swords used in battle. The biggest revelation was proof of technology needed to produce cloth which was never before seen in Britain and proved these villagers' lives were anything but primitive. But behind all the incredible revelations is a mystery. The village is perfectly preserved because it burned to the ground. Was it a terrible accident or a deliberate act of violence? To try and solve this mystery, the team plots the progress of the fire, looks for signs of battle on the swords found around the site and questions if this wealthy village was simply abandoned.
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