civilization

AFRICA’S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS
Origins/The Cross and the Crescent

AFRICA'S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS: Origins/The Cross and the Crescent

 

Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series, hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., brings to life the epic stories of both celebrated and little-known African kingdoms and cultures.

 

Origins
Journey with Dr. Gates to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent.

 

The Cross and the Crescent
Dr. Gates charts the ancient rise of Christianity and Islam, whose economic & cultural influence stretched from Egypt to Ethiopia. Learn of African religious figures like King Lalibela, an Ethiopian saint, and Menelik, bringer of the Ark of the Covenant.

 

AFRICA’S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS
Empires of Gold / Cities

 

Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series, hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., brings to life the epic stories of both celebrated and little-known African kingdoms and cultures.

 

Empires of Gold
Dr. Gates uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early northern and western Africa from deserted lands into the continent’s wealthiest kingdoms and learning epicenters.

 

Cities
Dr. Gates explores the power of Africa’s greatest ancient cities, including Kilwa, Great Zimbabwe and Benin City, whose wealth, art and industrial successes attracted new European interest and interaction along the continent’s east and west coasts.

 

AFRICA’S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS
The Atlantic Age / Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations

 

Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series, hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., brings to life the epic stories of both celebrated and little-known African kingdoms and cultures.

 

The Atlantic Age
Dr. Gates explores the impact of the Atlantic trading world, giving rise to powerful new kingdoms, but also transatlantic slave trade. Learn of the revolutionary movements of the 18th & early 19th centuries, including the advent of the Sokoto Caliphate.

 

Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations
Dr. Gates explores the dynamism of 19th-century Africa, the scramble by European powers for its riches, and the defiant and successful stand of uncolonized Ethiopia.

 

NOVA
Treasures of the Earth: Metals

 

Gold, bronze, iron, steel: these metals are pillars of our civilization, but what makes them so special? Discover their unique properties and explore how our mastery of metals has led us from the stone age to today’s hi-tech world.

 

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY
The Sand Caster

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY: The Sand Caster

 

Nothing fires up host Eric Gorges like working with molten metal. In this episode, Eric and master sand caster Scott Nelles, create a bronze and aluminum ray gun.

 

A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY
The Chairmaker

 

The century old tradition of building the Windsor Chair is a practical and elegant pursuit – host Eric Gorges and master craftsman Curtis Buchanan give the viewer a front seat.

 

TIME SCANNERS
Colosseum

 

With cutting-edge technology that can “read” buildings, ruins and landscapes from ancient worlds, TIME SCANNERS reveals physical and forensic history, allowing viewers to virtually reach out and touch the past.

 

Colosseum
The team uses laser-scanning technology to uncover the engineering secrets behind ancient Rome’s Colosseum. Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of laser-scanning experts to Rome on a quest to uncover some of the engineering world’s oldest mysteries of the Colosseum. Using cutting-edge 3D laser-scanning technology, the team wants to answer three questions. How did the Romans produce some of the most impressive gladiatorial games ever seen in Europe? How did the Colosseum’s mysterious roof really work? Finally, how does the mighty Colosseum compare, in state of the art computer testing, to the sports stadiums of the 21st century?

 

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