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Lost Civilisations

Synopsis
A series of ten one-hour programmes on ancient civilisations combining location filming, digital effects technology, and dramatisations to recreate rituals and events from the ancient world.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2005
Year of production
2001
Notes
Broadcast in 60-minute episodes on the History Channel, beginning 1/9/2001
Subjects
Archaeology; Classical studies; History
Keywords
ancient civilisations

Distribution Formats

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

Sections

Title
Mesopotamia - Return to Eden
Synopsis
The first in a series in which historical civilisations are brought to life. This programme focuses on Mesopotamia, where the world’s oldest urban civilisation emerged in the fourth millennium BC. The great world traditions of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths all trace the roots of their civilisations to the river valleys of Mesopotamia’s Fertile Crescent.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Ancient Egypt Quest for Immortality
Synopsis
This episode explores the legend of the great Egyptian civilisation. The year is 1922. Beneath the desert sands of Egypt, Howard Carter prepares to breach the final barrier between the modern world and the single most coveted prize in archaeology: the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh, intact and untouched for thousands of years.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Aegean - Legacy of Atlantis, The
Synopsis
This episode focuses on the Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations that flourished in the Aegean in the Bronze Age. The story of Atlantis with its mythic tale of a once-mighty island empire vanquished by the sea.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Greece - A Moment of Excellence
Synopsis
This episode focuses on ancient Greece and its enduring legacy to Western civilisation. 500 years before the birth of Christ, small city-states in Greece rose from obscurity to ignite one of the most spectacular explosions of cultural achievement in the history of western civilisation.
Duration
60 mins

Title
China - Dynasties of Power
Synopsis
This edition focuses on ancient China, its great rulers, military tactics and weapons technology, and on the building of the Great Wall that would unify the country.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Rome - The Ultimate Empire
Synopsis
From humble beginnings on the banks of Italy’s Tiber River, Rome’s formidable combination of military prowess and political discipline transformed this small, tribal village into an unassailable military colossus straddling the known world.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Maya - The Blood of Kings
Synopsis
This edition explores the golden age of the Mayan culture. In AD 800, its cities matched the sophistication and power of those in Europe, but the civilisation went into decline a century later. AD 650. Europe languishes in the Dark Ages; London is little more than a pestilent jumble of wooden shacks. But
Duration
60 mins

Title
Inca, Secret of Ancestors
Synopsis
While dominating a kingdom challenged by the harshest environmental conditions known to man, legendary Inca emperors ruled with great splendour and ritual, marking the stunning climax of 3,000 years of South American cultural evolution which began with he Paracas, Moche and Nazca..
Duration
60 mins

Title
Africa, A History Denied
Synopsis
This episode uncovers the history of Africa’s great coastal kingdoms and their mysterious counterparts in the heartland of Zimbabwe and southern Africa. Cloaked in darkness since the medieval times, the spectacular ruins of the once-dazzling southern African kingdom of Great Zimbabwe posed a thorny dilemma for white settlers who claimed to have "discovered" the region a mere hundred years before.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Tibet, The End of Time
Synopsis
This programme focuses on Tibet, whose extraordinary culture was quashed by China in 1959. Buddhist lamas ruled this country on the roof of the world presided over by their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Isolated within the towering sanctuary of the Himalayas, Tibet developed a culture unique in the history of world civilisation. Steeped in the mystical ideals of Buddhism, the Tibetans centred their lives on selfless altruism and the perception of the world as an endlessly repeating cycle of life, death and rebirth.
Duration
60 mins

Production Company

Name

Time-Life Broadcasting

Distributor

 

Available from retail outlets

Name

Time-Life Video

Phone
020 7438 4719
Address
Direct Entertainment UK Ltd
Brettenham House
Lancaster Place
London
WC2E 7TL

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