Once the biggest and most influential city on the planet, founded by Alexander the Great and home to Cleopatra, Archimedes and the largest library in the world… How did this shining beacon for civilisation and knowledge meet its classical demise?
Episode Length: 00:45:00
You Might also like
By Planet Knowledge — 3 months ago
Jesus Christ is one of the most famous names in the history of mankind. He is the core of belief for millions of Christians worldwide and his story has provided rich materials for thousands of books and films. But Gospel writers left out crucial details about pivotal events in Christ’s life, historical moments that have been adapted, embellished and rewritten over the course of hundreds of years. This two-hour special re-examine elements of Christ’s life and ministries, such as the nativity, the miracles and the crucifixion – questioning basic modern assumptions to reveal some surprising and often shocking details about his life and ministry.
Episode Length: 00:45:00
By Planet Knowledge — 2 months ago
Could one of Leonardo da Vinci’s lost works of art be hidden between a wall of an ornate building and another masterpiece? It’s a captivating theory that has had one prominent scientist chasing a legend for more than 30 years. This is the exclusive behind-the-scenes story of the hunt for a priceless masterpiece that could lead to one of the greatest discoveries the art world has ever known.
By Planet Knowledge — 1 year ago
Tony heads off on a 40 mile walk through the glorious Peak District and along the Derwent Valley. The landscape here is incredible; wild, dramatic and romantic. But it’s also the place where one of the most extraordinary chapters in British history unfolded; the Derwent Valley is the place where the Industrial Revolution began. This is a journey that reveals how Britain transformed itself from a nation of farmers into the industrial powerhouse of the world. Richard Arkwright established the world’s first factory in the quiet Peaks village of Cromford. Nearby is the building that would lay the foundations for today’s skyscrapers.
Brian Blessed introduces Tony to the joys – and the huge significance – of the local Cromford canal. Later he climbs to the heights of the Peaks, drawn by the chance to operate a huge steam winding engine that’s been working in the same place since 1829. He ends his incredible journey through economic time in Derby; the railway town’s secret crown jewel is the world’s first Engine Roundhouse, built in 1839 and now restored to its former glory.
Episode Length: 01:00:00
Episode: 2 of 4