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.
In this episode, Conservative MP and Christian Ann Widdecombe goes in search of the law of Moses, tracing the historical origins of the Ten Commandments and their profound influence on British society for over two millennia.
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 Inca worshipped both a creator god and the sun, moon and stars. In this episode, host Christy Kenneally travels to the Peruvian Andes to explore the remnants of Inca civilisation - the city of Pisac, which, like all Inca cities, was designed in the shape of a sacred animal; Cajamarca, where the Inca leader Atahualpa was murdered by the Spaniards; and the sacred mountaintop city of Machu Picchu.
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.