Ancient Worlds

In this six-part series, archeologist and historian Richard Miles explores the roots of civilization, from the first cities in Mesopotamia to the fall of the Roman Empire. In a voyage of discovery that takes him to Iraq, Syria, Turkey, North Africa, Egypt, Pakistan and Europe, Richard shares ancient wonders and stories of the empire-builders, preachers, poets and kings who defined the course of future human experience.
Ep 1
Come Together
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Ep 2
The Age of Iron
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Ep 3
The Greek Thing
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Ep 4
Return of the King
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Ep 5
Republic of Virtue
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Ep 6
City of Man, City of God
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Come Together
Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles traces the roots of civilization in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Anatolia and Greece. (1 of 6)
The Age of Iron
Richard Miles looks at the survivors of the great Bronze Age collapse, a regional catastrophe that wiped out the hard won achievements of civilization in the eastern Mediterranean about 3,000 years ago. (2 of 6)
The Greek Thing
Richard Miles explores the power and the paradox of the 'Greek Thing' - development in art, philosophy and science that went hand in hand with political discord, social injustice and endless war. (3 of 6)
Return of the King
In this episode, Richard Miles traces the battle-scarred career of Alexander the Great. (4 of 6)
Republic of Virtue
How did an insignificant cluster of Latin hill villages on the edge of the civilized world become the greatest empire the world has known? Richard Miles examines the phenomenon of the Roman Republic. (5 of 6)
City of Man, City of God
In the final episode, Richard Miles examines the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. (6 of 6)