He healed the sick and raised the dead. His followers called him the Son of God. After his death, he rose again. He was Apollonius of Tyana, one of several preachers of the First Century who rivalled the following of Jesus.
In this episode, host Christy Kenneally visits the Forum, the epicentre of Roman religion, and the Pantheon, sanctuary of the Roman Gods. In Caerleon in Wales, he reveals how the Romans carried their religion to the farthest reaches of the empire. And at Ephesus in Turkey, he traces the rise of the Christian deity that would ultimately overthrow the Roman gods.
The Celts believed in benign spirits and demonic forces, but made no churches or temples. Nature itself was their cathedral. In this episode, host Christy Kenneally visits ancient Celtic settlements in Austria, Italy and Greece.
The ancient Egyptians were obsessed with divinity, death, the afterlife, and reincarnation. Host Christy Kenneally visits Saqqara, south of Cairo, where the Egyptians learned the technique of mummification and built the first pyramid as an early prototype for the grand monuments of the Giza pyramid complex.
The Maya believed they owed a blood-debt to the Gods - one that could only be repaid through sacrifice. Deep in the rainforest of Guatemala, host Christy Kenneally explores the massive Mayan city of Tikal. In Mexico, he discovers the secrets of the spectacular temples of Palenque and Chichen Itza. And on the Island of Flores, Guatemala, he reflects on the final stand of the Maya against the invading Spaniards.
Explore some of the most widely held doomsday forecasts and their impending timeline to destruction. From the natural, to the religious, to the astrophysical, this series brings viewers the science, history, and people behind each theory, while probing for evidence for and against each scenario.