Genius of the Ancient World
Ep: 2 "Socrates"
Within 100 years of each other, three of the greatest minds in history - Buddha, Socrates and Confucious - helped to define what it is to be human. Despite being separated by thousands of miles, they each tore apart old traditions and thrust people on the path towards a new age of reason. In this three-part series, historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China to get inside the minds of these ancient philosophers and learn how they shaped modern thought across the world.
Episodes
Ep 1
Buddha
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Ep 2
Socrates
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Ep 3
Confucius
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Buddha
In this three-part series, historian Bettany Hughes investigates three giants of ancient philosophy. In this episode, she travels to India to investigate the revolutionary ideas of the Buddha. (1 of 3)
Socrates
In Greece, Bettany Hughes is on the trail of the influential maverick thinker Socrates, who was executed for his beliefs. (2 of 3)
Confucius
Bettany travels to China on the trail of Confucius, the great sage whose ideas have fundamentally shaped the country of his birth for around 2,500 years. (3 of 3)
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Explore the Philosophies

Delve into the philosophies of the three great minds featured in Genius of the Ancient World.

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