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Legacy: The Origins of Civilization [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • 20-page viewer's guide includes highlights, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, maps, a history of zero, and fun facts
  • Profiles of great thinkers of the Axial Age

Synopsis

Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - Iraq, The Cradle of Civilization
Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - Iraq, The Cradle of Civilization is another in the series of programs that examines ancient centers of power and their effects on present-day populations. Michael Wood, historian and host of the series, travels to the first cities of the world, including Baghdad, Ur, and Sumer. He points out that life in this region had changed little until oil became a factor in its development. The program shows the Iraqis as they struggle with the devastating effects of the Gulf War. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - China, The Mandate of Heaven
Legacy: The Origins of Civilization is a series of programs that focuses on ancient cultures that flourished through centuries, only to lose their power over time. Filmed on four different continents, the programs are hosted by historian Michael Wood. In Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - China, The Mandate of Heaven, he travels to central China's An Yan, site of the first Chinese civilization. The traditional culture is still in place. There is reverence for ancestors, a reach for a harmonious existence, and belief in Confucianism. Although the modern world has intruded, the Chinese are still strongly influenced by the past. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - Egypt, The Habit of Civilization
Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - India, The Empire of the Spirit
This series of programs examines cultures that have lost their former power, yet have a legacy that continues to influence their descendants. In Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - India, The Empire of the Spirit, host and historian Michael Wood goes to India in search of the civilization that has left behind tantalizing glimpses of its grandeur. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - The Barbarian West, Greece and China
In this installment of Legacy: The Origins of Civilization, historian/host Michael Wood casts a sharp look at the contradictions inherent in the history of Western civilization. Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - The Barbarian West, Greece and China depicts these changes between barbarianism and idealism, and traces the beginnings of individualism. Wood provides an overview of the development of property ownership and the free marketplace, and discusses Alexander the Great, as well as the predominance of small countries that controlled many populations. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - Central America, The Burden of Time
This series, Legacy: The Origins of Civilization, examines societies that were at one time wealthy and influential. In many cases, only their legacy is left. The cities are in ruins, and the networks of roads and canals are gone forever. Historian Michael Wood hosts Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - Central America, The Burden of Time, a look at the indigenous population of Central America. He views the ruins at Teotihuacan and the Aztec temple of Quetzalcoatl in Mexico City, and discusses the Mayans' concept of time and the Aztec custom of human sacrifice. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

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