This series examines a crucial step in the history of civilization as mankind organized large social alliances which extended far beyond family and clan.
Directed byChristian BauerJacquelin Bouchard
S01:E01 - Athens
Athens gave the world its modern political system - the birth of "democracy" is a long and complicated yet utterly galvanizing process. Even the Gods have a say in worldly doings. The city beneath the Acropolis becomes the very cradle of western culture.
S01:E02 - Alexandria
Alexandria, a royal Greek city in the land of the Pharaohs. Along the sandy banks of the Nile delta on the African Mediterranean coast, the most powerful metropolis of its time rose from virtually nothing. The Hellenistic culture mingled with the legacy of the Pharaohs and bore the fruits of a glorious new heritage.
S01:E03 - Carthage
Carthage came into being as a Phoenician trading base, its strategically favorable location eventually allowing it to develop into a major centre of trade and seafaring. Carthage, Rome's fierce adversary, is the gateway to the treasures of Africa
S01:E04 - Rome
Rome would never have made it into the history books without the backing of its huge military apparatus. The life and the incredible luxury the ancient city of over a million inhabitants enjoyed was only made possible through the exploitation of its colonies, a course of action that never would have been possible without its troops.
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