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What the Ancients Did for Us

Synopsis
A compilation of three programmes in which Adam Hart-Davis builds and tests some of the most extraordinary inventions from the ancient world of the Egyptians, the Romans and the Greeks.

Egypt - From the noisy bazaars of Cairo to the serene temples of Luxur, Amani Zain tells the stories behind the golden age of these industrious peoples. From boats to bead drills, from pyramids to mummification, the programme shows us the lasting effect this ancient world has left on the technology we use today.

Greece - From the Acropolis in Athens, to remote Aegeon islands, roving reporter Hermoine Cockburn travels the Mediterranean and tells the stories behind these inventive peoples during the golden era of this great civilisation. From ancient computers to catapults, from ray guns to the planets, the programme shows the lasting effect the Greek world has left on the technology we use today.

Rome - In this programme Adam Hart-Davis builds and tests some of the most extraordinary inventions from the world of ancient Rome. From ballistas to bath houses, from the military to marble cutting, Adam shows us the lasting effect the Roman World has left on the technology we use today. On location in Rome, Amani Zain also tells us the stories behind the Colosseum, the Parthenon and the Circus Maximus during the golden age of this great empire.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2006
Year of production
2004
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 on 30/3/2005 (Egypt), 9/3/2005 (Rome), 4/4/2005 (Greece)
Subjects
History; Technology
Keywords
ancient civilisations; Egyptology; Greece - classical; Roman Empire; technological innovation

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£39.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2006

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£34.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2006

Sponsor

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

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Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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