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Illuminations - Private Lives of Medieval Kings
BBC
Dr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings and explores the medieval world they reveal. Starting with the first Anglo-Saxon rulers to create a united England, she encounters books in the British Library's Royal…
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Last Human Standing 
Episode 3 of NOVA: Becoming Human
PBS
In "Last Human Standing," the final program of the three-part series "Becoming Human," NOVA examines the fate of the Neanderthals, our European cousins who died out as modern humans spread from Africa into Europe during the Ice Age. Did modern…
What Is Writing?
Episode 1 of Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity Course
It has been said that writing exists only in a civilization and a civilization cannot exist without writing, but is that accurate? Consider the validity of this statement and examine several of the critical functions that writing has served during…
The Hidden History of Egypt
Bringing to life the everyday details of the ancients Egyptians - bizarre, hilarious or shocking - this wonderfully entertaining and factually revealing film is packed full of surprises. With Jones debunking the myths, a previously hidden world of the ancient…
Secrets of The Parthenon
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
For 25 centuries the Parthenon has been shot at, set on fire, rocked by earthquakes, looted for its sculptures, almost destroyed by explosion, and disfigured by well-meaning renovations. It has gone from temple, to church, to mosque, to munitions dump.…
The Aztecs
This two-part collection documents the rise and fall of one of the most remarkable civilizations. From the ancient Olmec and their giant carved stone heads to the magnificent pyramids of the moon and sun at Teotihuacan, the Aztecs were inheritors…
2 videos
Emperor's Ghost Army
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
In central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, acrobats, and musicians, all built to serve China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. Lost and forgotten for…
Dawn of Humanity
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
NOVA and National Geographic present exclusive access to a unique discovery of ancient remains. Located in an almost inaccessible chamber deep in a South African cave, the site required recruiting a special team of experts slender enough to wriggle down…
Archaeology - The Series that Rewrites History
A lost city is discovered in an emerald jungle of Honduras; the remains of Viking settlements confirm the fierceness of these warriors, but also reveal that they were proud poets; recent excavations expose the story of the mass suicide on…
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The Most Celebrated Edifice—The Pantheon
Episode 9 of Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon Course
Conclude your study of great classical-era structures by examining the greatest of them all: the Pantheon in Rome. Imitated but never equaled, this temple to all the gods incorporates Greek as well as quintessentially Roman architectural features. The stupendous dome…
Message From Mungo
WINNER - United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards 2014 - Promotion of Indigenous Recognition "Repatriation is one of the most important social issues of our times for Indigenous communities around the world. Yet, repatriation is too often turned into…
Colosseum - Roman Death Trap
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical…
In the Footsteps of Buddha
Siddhartha Guatama lived 2500 years ago in an ancient land called Maghada, known today as Bihar, the poorest state in India. He was born in Lumbini (Nepal today) into a noble family. At the age of twenty nine he renounced…
Jesus' Many Faces
Part of the Series: FRONTLINE: From Jesus to Christ
PBS
FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, the series transports viewers back 2,000 years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges…
Secrets of the Dead - China's Terracotta Warriors
PBS
The life-sized terracotta warriors of China are known throughout the world. This clay army of 8,000 including infantry, archers, generals and cavalry was discovered by archaeologists in 1974 after farmers digging a well near the Chinese city of Xian unearthed…
From Britannia to Britain
Episode 1 of Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest Series
A discussion of how the geography of Britiain has shaped political events over the centuries introduces you to the significance of English history between the 5th-century fall of the Roman Empire and the 1485 advent of the Tudor Dynasty.
First Steps
Episode 1 of NOVA: Becoming Human
PBS
Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special, "Becoming Human," examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives. Part 1, "First…
Egypt Old Kingdom
The Old Kingdom was the first of the three great Pharaonic eras of Ancient Egypt. The pharaoh was all-powerful, with supreme control over Egypt's politics, religion and military. The River Nile, with its annual inundation, was the life-blood of Egypt.…
Decoding Neanderthals
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
Over 60,000 years ago, the first modern humans--people physically identical to us today--left their African homeland and entered Europe, then a bleak and inhospitable continent in the grip of the Ice Age. But when they arrived, they were not alone:…
1824 Ayacucho—South American Independence
Episode 27 of The Decisive Battles of World History Series
The early 19th century saw the rise of numerous independence movements in Central and South America. Learn about three key leaders who were prominent in these struggles; their bold plan to liberate Peru; and the showdown on the plain of…