Greatest Treasures of the Ancient World

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Greatest Treasures of the Ancient World

Synopsis

Professor Bettany Hughes takes us on a beautiful, bespoke journey across this dramatic country, to bring us the definitive countdown of her Top Ten Treasures of Ancient Egypt. From blockbuster temples to the lost treasures of the pharaohs, this is a thrilling exploration of one of the world’s oldest and most mysterious civilizations.

Episodes

Season 1
  • The Story of Cleopatra

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    Professor Bettany Hughes takes an incredible journey from the Nile Delta to the shores of Lake Nasser uncovering the pivotal moments and breathtaking achievements of one of the greatest civilisations the world has ever known - the ancient Egyptians - as she counts down her Top 10 Treasures of Egypt. In this first instalment, Bettany meets the Egyptologists solving a 3,000-year-old murder mystery and visits the temple walls that tell the story of Egypt's final female pharaoh - Cleopatra.

  • Riches of The Pharaohs

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    Professor Bettany Hughes takes an incredible journey from the Nile Delta to the shores of Lake Nasser uncovering the pivotal moments and breathtaking achievements of one of the greatest civilisations the world has ever known - the ancient Egyptians - as she counts down her Top 10 Treasures of Egypt. In this second episode, Bettany heads towards her number one unearthing the glittering, golden treasures of the pharaohs and the truly epic monuments they built for their spiritual afterlives.

  • The Deadliest Volcano

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    Join Professor Bettany Hughes as she explores the treasures of the iconic and tragic city of Pompeii. Pompeii is unlike anywhere else: an entire Roman city, buried in disaster, but preserved for the rest of time. From its famous villas to tragic human casts, the streets and houses of Pompeii offer a mesmerising window into the life and times of the ancient Romans. Now, Bettany sets out to choose just ten treasures which encapsulate the glory of this incredible city. Watch as Bettany explore Abundance Street, the incredible ancient Roman shopping mall brought back to life with cutting-edge VR; and the Baths, a key place for hot gossip. She meets...

  • Uncovering Pompeii

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    Professor Bettany Hughes returns to explore the treasures of the iconic and tragic city of Pompeii. Pompeii is unlike anywhere else: an entire Roman city, buried in disaster, but preserved for the rest of time. From its famous villas to tragic human casts, the streets and houses of Pompeii offer a mesmerising window into the life and times of the ancient Romans. Now, Bettany sets out to choose just ten treasures which encapsulate the glory of this incredible city. Watch as Bettany takes the viewer through an extraordinary countdown of mosaics, villas, and streets to get to the heart of daily life on the eve of Pompeii's deadly eruption. She'll...

  • Egypt's Mummies

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    Professor Bettany Hughes meets the Egyptologists solving a 3,000-year-old murder mystery and visits the temple walls that tell the story of Egypt’s final female pharaoh — Cleopatra, kicking off her incredible journey from the Nile Delta to the shores of Lake Nasser to uncover the pivotal moments and ancient achievements of ancient Egyptians.

  • Unwrapping King Tut

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    Professor Bettany Hughes ventures to unearth the glittering, golden treasures of the pharaohs and the truly epic monuments they built for their spiritual afterlives.