Read more about the article Pompeii – New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard
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Pompeii – New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard

Pompeii - New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard: With unparalleled access to Pompeii and featuring cutting-edge modern technology, Mary Beard guides us through this amazing slice of the ancient world.     For the first time ever, CT scanning and x-ray equipment bring new light to the secrets of the victims of the 79 AD eruption. Mary unpacks the human stories behind the tragic figures - gladiators, slaves, businesswomen and children. She goes behind the scenes of the Great Pompeii…

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Read more about the article The Ancient World episode 5 – The Spartans
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The Ancient World episode 5 – The Spartans

The Ancient World episode 5 - The Spartans: Bettany Hughes chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most extreme civilisations the world has ever seen, one founded on discipline, sacrifice and frugality where the onus was on the collective and the goal was to create the perfect state and the perfect warrior.     Hughes reveals the secrets and complexities of everyday Spartan life; homosexuality was compulsory, money was outlawed, equality was enforced, weak boys were put to…

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Read more about the article The Ancient World episode 3 – The Minoans
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The Ancient World episode 3 – The Minoans

The Ancient World episode 3 - The Minoans: In this fascinating feature-length documentary historian Bettany Hughes continues her history of the Ancient World with a visit to Crete to recount one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made.     The story of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth is perhaps the most compelling of all Greek myths. Just over 100 years ago, English archaeologist Arthur Evans went to the 'Minotaur's Island' to explore the roots of this myth and discovered…

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Read more about the article The Ancient World episode 2 – Engineering Ancient Egypt
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The Ancient World episode 2 – Engineering Ancient Egypt

The Ancient World episode 2 - Engineering Ancient Egypt: Through their superlative buildings, the legacy of the Egyptian empire continues to enthrall people to this day.     Yet these incredible structures were made over 4,000 years ago. Historian Bettany Hughes explores what drove the people of this ancient civilisation to build on such a massive scale. The story is told through the reigns of two pharaohs - Khufu and Ramesses II. Separated by 1,200 years, they both ruled during…

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Read more about the article The Ancient World episode 1 – Alexandria The Greatest City
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The Ancient World episode 1 – Alexandria The Greatest City

The Ancient World episode 1 - Alexandria The Greatest City: Three cities dominated the ancient world: Athens, Rome and a third, now almost forgotten. It lies hidden beneath the waters of the Mediterranean and a sprawling modern metropolis.     Alexandria was a city built on a dream; a place with a very modern mindset, where - as with the worldwide web - one man had a vision that all knowledge on earth could be stored in one place. Bettany…

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