Legacy of Ancient Civilizations

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Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Arabia
Located at the southern end of the Arabian peninsula, the countries of Yemen and Oman sit at a strategic crossroads. The Horn of Africa lies just a few miles across…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: Carthage and the Phoenicians
Archaeological evidence has shown that the Phoenician civilization began to develop around 3000 BC and that it was trading with the Egyptians shortly after that. But it wasn't until about…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: The Minoans
One of the most powerful myths handed down by the ancient Greeks tells of the fabled King Minos, who ordered the construction of a vast, mazelike building called the labyrinth.…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: The Mycenaeans
There were many interesting and important civilizations in the Mediterranean region in ancient times, but the Mycenaeans were especially fortunate in one way. Their legends and deeds became the subjects…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: Thera Santorini
If you look at a map of Greece, you will see that nearly a quarter of its territory consists of dozens and dozens of islands in the Aegean Sea. In…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: Troy and Pergamum
Though it is today a region of Turkey, the coastal area of Anatolia, or Asia Minor, was a thriving center of Greek culture in ancient times. Two cities there especially…

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Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Arabia
Part of the Series: Legacy of Ancient Civilizations
Located at the southern end of the Arabian peninsula, the countries of Yemen and Oman sit at a strategic crossroads. The Horn of Africa lies just a few miles across the southern end of the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf is off to the East, and the Arabian Sea, an…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: The Minoans
Part of the Series: Legacy of Ancient Civilizations
One of the most powerful myths handed down by the ancient Greeks tells of the fabled King Minos, who ordered the construction of a vast, mazelike building called the labyrinth. Within this structure, he imprisoned the monster known as the Minotaur, a creature with the head of a bull and…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: Troy and Pergamum
Part of the Series: Legacy of Ancient Civilizations
Though it is today a region of Turkey, the coastal area of Anatolia, or Asia Minor, was a thriving center of Greek culture in ancient times. Two cities there especially stand out - one for its connection to a work of literature, one for its connection to a work of…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: Thera Santorini
Part of the Series: Legacy of Ancient Civilizations
If you look at a map of Greece, you will see that nearly a quarter of its territory consists of dozens and dozens of islands in the Aegean Sea. In ancient times, one of these islands was Thera. It would not be especially notable - except for one thing. This…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: The Mycenaeans
Part of the Series: Legacy of Ancient Civilizations
There were many interesting and important civilizations in the Mediterranean region in ancient times, but the Mycenaeans were especially fortunate in one way. Their legends and deeds became the subjects of the finest works of literature to be handed down from antiquity - Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and the dramas…
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations: Carthage and the Phoenicians
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Archaeological evidence has shown that the Phoenician civilization began to develop around 3000 BC and that it was trading with the Egyptians shortly after that. But it wasn't until about 1200 BC that the Phoenicians began to establish the great commercial empire that has made them celebrated. Their ships, equipped…
Discover Latino History - The Great Civilizations of South & Central America
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Discover the ancient civilizations that thrived in the Americas thousands of years before European settlers arrived. This program is the perfect supplement to any American history curriculum. Improve the self-esteem of students with Central or South American ancestry, while raising the overall level of historical understanding in teen viewers. Learn…
Rome Part One: From Village To Late Republic 753BC To 121BC
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Investigating The Past: Pompeii & Herculaneum
Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and the cities of Pompeii & Herculaneum were completely buried. For 1600 years, their secrets were lost in time. When a peasant in the early 1700s discovered marble blocks while deepening his well, he discovered Herculaneum. Thus began the removal of anything valuable from…
Cities Of Vesuvius: Pompeii & Herculaneum
Mount Vesuvius erupted almost 2000 years ago. The inhabitants of nearby Pompeii & Herculaneum suffered horrific deaths, before being buried under tonnes of volcanic rock and mud. For centuries their stories were forgotten. Gradually over the last 250 years, their secrets have been unearthed, giving us a remarkable insight into…
Rome Part Two: Late Republic To The Fall Of The Roman Empire - 121BC To 476AD
From 121BC onwards, powerful leaders dominated the political fortunes of Rome. Marius - the military reformer, Sulla - the dictator, Cicero - the lawyer, orator and consul, and Julius Caesar who appointed himself dictator in 45BC. When the Roman fleet destroyed the Egyptians at the Battle of Actium, Augustus became…
Egypt: New Discoveries, Ancient Mysteries
Famous Egyptologist, Zahi Hawass takes us on an incredible intimate journey into exclusive never-before-seen excavation sites in Ancient Egypt. The spectator is live at the center of the discovery as tombs are opened only for our cameras, and the mysteries of Egyptian culture are revealed.