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Noted art historian Sir Kenneth Clark hosts this acclaimed BBC documentary series that aired on PBS in 1971. The wonders of European thought, philosophy, architecture, art, music and literature are explored, from the final days of Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and into contemporary times. Episodes include ... more
This Is Civilization(2007)
British art critic/author Matthew Collings is your guide in this compelling documentary study of how the shared cultural preoccupations of diverse cultures throughout the centuries have inspired the creation of stunning works of art. Continuing the in-depth exploration began by the 1969 BBC program "Civilisation," this four-part production ... more
From ancient Egypt and Greece to the Far East and Pre-Columbian North and South America, this six-disc series chronicles the history of the people of some of the world's greatest and most influential societies. Included are "The First Empires," "Romans and Barbarians," "The Eastern Empires," "The Americas," "The Celtic World" and "The ... more
This fascinating documentary examines the conquests and culture of the Holy Roman Empire. Learn what drove its citizens to fight for the emperor; what happened when the Romans invaded Britain; and what aspects of the ancient civilization remain relevant today. 50 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Explore the incredible history of the earliest empires of the East with this insightful documentary. The program includes a profile of early Japanese culture and a closer look at the history of the samurai and the influence of martial arts. 50 min.Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Long before the "discovery" of the Americas, the ancient Mayan and Aztec peoples lived in societies worshiping the sun as a god, held that some animals were sacred, and that some beasts served best as ritual sacrifices. Learn about these early civilizations in this amazing documentary! 50 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital ... more
Journey inside one of the world's most mysterious cultures! This revealing documentary profiles the Celtic civilization, exploring ancient Britain and uncovering the secrets of this tribal culture of warriors and priests. 50 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Learn all about the fearsome and formidable culture of the ancient Viking civilization with this compelling documentary. The program not only explores their military prowess, but also their spiritual world and their artistic endeavors. 50 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
This expansive six-part series takes on the daunting task of chronicling the history of the Western World from a cultural perspective. Featuring a wealth of analysis, historical re-creations, and location footage, the programs explore the contributions of writers, artists, composers, and monarchs who greatly influenced Western culture. ... more
This BBC documentary series from the creators of "Earth: The Biography" explores the incredible natural evolution of the planet. Touring such awe-inspiring locations as the Negev desert, the copper mines of Timna, the California coastline, and elsewhere, the programs also reveal how these staggering forces influenced the development ... more
Is that possible? Talk about a crash course! This fascinating documentary from the History Channel mixes stunning special effects and dramatic re-enactments to deliver a whirlwind tour through our cosmic history, beginning with the theory of the Big Bang and continuing through the first stirrings of life and the evolution of human civilization. ... more
What is it about Western civilization (and not Eastern) that has allowed it to dominate the globe the last 500 years? This enlightening British documentary series explores how "Competition," "Science," "Property," "Medicine," "Consumerism," and "Work" continue to fuel cultural evolution around the globe. Host historian Niall Ferguson ... more
From caves to skyscrapers, mankind has used its capacity to create and build to change the planet, and this three-part Reader's Digest program lets you follow some of the most significant milestones. From exploding the boundaries of science and medicine to exploring the planet, to the invention of technologies bridging enormous distances ... more
Drive Thru History(2012)
Whisk through 2,500 years of history with this six-disc set of travelogue programs created by Dr. Nita Thompson and David Barton, devoted to the study of American and world events. Facts and fun aplenty are on hand as host Dave Stotts covers ancient Rome, Greece, the city of Ephesus, Istanbul, the Pilgrims, early Boston, William Penn, ... more