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Ancient Worlds

Synopsis
A six-part odyssey tracing the development of Western civilisation - from the first cities of Mesopotamia to the fall of the Roman Empire. Academic and archaeologist Richard Miles travels through the Middle East, Egypt, Pakistan and the Mediterranean to discover how the mainstays of our society - community, democracy, commerce and technology - were forged and fought over in a series of classical cultures. ‘Ancient Worlds’ tells the stories of disappeared, ruined and modern cities - from Ancient Iraq to Augustan Rome, and from Phoenicia and the city states of Greece to today’s Damascus - and reveals the compromise, ruthlessness, sacrifice and toil that made each city work. In an epic sweep of history against a panorama of stunning locations, Richard Miles, with the help of local experts and archaeologists, brings these legendary civilisations back to life to show how the successes and failures of the ancients shaped the world that we have inherited.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2010
Subjects
Anthropology; Archaeology; Classical studies; History
Keywords
ancient civilisations; ancient monuments; Greece - classical; Roman Empire; Mesopotamia

Credits

Contributor
Richard Miles

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£24.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
360 minutes
Year
2011

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Distributor

Name

2 Entertain Video

Email
DVDenquiryline@bbc.com
Web
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Phone
020 7612 3000
Fax
020 7612 3003
Address
BBC Worldwide
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL
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