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The Renaissance Unchained

The Renaissance Unchained

The Renaissance Unchained is a four-part series in which Waldemar Januszczak challenges the traditional view of art's most important epoch - the Renaissance. According to Januszczak, that ‘Michelangelo groupie’ was responsible for inventing the Renaissance in his use of the term rinascita to describe what was happening around him artistically.   The Renaissance Unchained - Gods, ...

Pueblo civilization

Sacred Sites: Chaco Canyon – Pueblo civilization

Embedded on a canyon floor in New Mexico are the broken ruins of ancient structures, buildings constructed over 1,000 years ago by the Pueblo civilization of Chaco Canyon. For over 300 years, this community grew and prospered under the leadership of a shadowy elite. But something happened that led to claims of bloodshed, human sacrifice, ...

Hannibal

Hannibal in the Alps

Secrets of the Dead: Hannibal in the Alps Hannibal, one of history’s most famous generals, achieved what the Romans thought to be impossible. With a vast army of 30,000 troops, 15,000 horses and 37 war elephants, he crossed the mighty Alps in only 16 days to launch an attack on Rome from the north. For ...

Bacchus

Bacchus – Ancient God of Ecstasy

Professor Bettany Hughes investigates the story of Bacchus, god of wine, revelry, theatre and excess, travelling to Georgia, Jordan, Greece and Britain to discover his origins and his presence in the modern world, and explore how 'losing oneself' plays a vital role in the development of civilisation.  In this fascinating journey, Bettany begins in ...

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 8

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 8

In Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 8 - Age of Extremes, Andrew Marr brings the story right up to date with the twentieth century. Marr suggests that humanity found itself propelled forward by our technological brilliance but limited by the consequences of our political idiocy. The decisions we make in the next 50 ...

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 7

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 7

In Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 7 - Age of Industry,  Andrew Marr tells how Britain's Industrial Revolution created the modern world. The old agricultural order of aristocratic landowners, serfs and peasant farmers was replaced by a new world of machines, cities and industrialists. Across the world, many resisted this sweeping change. From China ...

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 6

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 6

In Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 6 - Revolution, Andrew Marr explores the Age of Revolution. In the 17th and 18th centuries, people across the world rose up in the name of freedom and equality against the power of the church and monarchy. In America, people fought a war to be free from ...

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 5

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 5

In Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 5 - Age of Plunder, Andrew tells the story of Europe's rise from piracy to private enterprise. The explosion of global capitalism began with Christopher Columbus stumbling across America while searching for China. While Europe tore itself apart in religious wars after the Reformation, the Spanish colonised ...

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 4

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 4

In Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 4, Andrew Marr reaches the Middle Ages. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Europe was little more than a muddy backwater. Vikings explored and pillaged from Northern Europe to North America. But they also laid the foundations of powerful new trading states - including Russia. This was also ...

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 3

Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 3

In Andrew Marr’s History of the World part 3, Andrew Marr plunges into the spiritual revolutions that shook the world between 300 BC and 700 AD. This was an age that saw the bloody prince Ashoka turn to Buddhism in India, the ill-fated union of Julius Caesar and Egypt's Cleopatra, the unstoppable rise of Christianity ...