The Ancient World with Bettany Hughes

  • Alexandria: The Greatest City

    Historian Bettany Hughes reveals the story of Alexander the Great's city, built in the North African desert and designed from the outset to be the world's first centre of culture.

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    The Minoans

    Historian Bettany Hughes explores Crete, once home to the mighty Minoan civilisation whose sophisticated society changed the whole of Greece

    This episode is subtitled98 mins
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    Helen of Troy

    Bettany Hughes embarks on an epic journey across the Mediterranean to disentangle myth from reality and find out the truth about the most beautiful woman on earth

    This episode is subtitled103 mins
  • When the Moors Ruled in Europe

    Historian Bettany Hughes looks at the influence of the Moorish invasion of Spain in 711 AD, and the lasting cultural and scientific legacy they created

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    Athens: The Truth about Democracy (Part 1 of 2)

    This first episode charts the epic story of Athens' victory in one of the greatest sea battles of the ancient world, when the Athenian triremes defeat Xerxes' mighty Persian fleet at Salamis

    49 mins
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    Athens: The Truth about Democracy (Part 2 of 2)

    Bettany Hughes digs beneath the surface of Golden Age Athens to explore the bloody but exhilarating truth about the world's first democracy

    48 mins
  • The Spartans

    Bettany Hughes reveals the secrets and complexities of the Spartan martial way of life and its bloody rivalry with Athens

  • Engineering Ancient Egypt

    A special one-off documentary exploring how Egypt's two greatest pharaohs, Khufu and Ramesses II, built their way to immortality.