Two thousand five hundred years ago, a Greek scribe wrote out a spectacular list of wonders that still haunts us today. Renowned author and archaeologist, John Romer, sets out on a riveting journey to bring the grandeur, majesty and sheer scale of these ancient wonders to life.
THE GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA 2584 BC Discover the enduring fascination of the only surviving Wonder, the Great Pyramid of Giza, constructed over a twenty year period for the Pharaoh Khufu.
THE HANGING GARDENS OF BABYLON 605 BC The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were rumoured to be part of the palace of Nebuchadnezzar. Today, scientists believe that the exotic gardens were actually more fable than fact.
THE TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS 550 BC The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, in modern-day Turkey, was built to honour the mother goddess. She was a powerful force and her temple was one of the holiest shrines in Alexander the Great’s world.
THE STATUE OF ZEUS 466 BC A mammoth figure of ivory and gold, the Statue of Zeus ruled over the Olympic Games and projected a new vision of the human form into the popular consciousness.
THE MAUSOLEUM OF HALICARNASSUS 351 BC Considered one of the greatest tombs ever created, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus reached one hundred and thirty-five feet and was an unparalled testament to the power of the era.
THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES 292 BC The Colossus of Rhodes was a huge bronze statue of the Greek god Helios. At over one hundred feet, it stood guard over the Greek island of Rhodes.
THE PHAROS OF ALEXANDRIA 280 BC At over three hundred feet, the Pharos of Alexandria was the tallest structure of its time and served as a lighthouse with reflective mirrors at the top.
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Learn the details behind the one hundred most significant breakthroughs in the history of mankind! Take a journey through history and examine the discoveries, breakthroughs and eureka moments that have transformed all of our lives for the better. Host Bill Nye travels the world, meeting eminent scientists in various fields, to explore and explain the principles behind the most significant developments in the history of mankind. Each of the 100 Greatest Discoveries, in eight different fields of knowledge, is examined both in terms of the principles and personalities involved. Over 500 years of scientific advances are distilled and presented in this accessible, entertaining series to give you a good understanding of HOW many of science s toughest riddles were solved, WHO it was that solved them, and WHY these solutions are so significant.
The boys mission is straightforward: to get off lifes humdrum path for a more exciting, daring and off-the-beaten one. In just four days, the guys trek approximately one hundred miles across life-threatening landscapes including steep mountains, insufferably hot deserts, freezing-cold canyons and snake-infested jungles on foot, raft, skis and even skateboard, in search of the most extreme places on earth.
This is the epic story of how World War I changed the face of battle forever. This war was a war of firsts , a transitional war from old style hand-to-hand combat with small guns and fixed bayonets and cavalry charges to high-tech weaponry that are still features of present-day armed conflicts. Firsts include aerial bombardment of cities, epic tank battles, fight for control of the skies, development of submarines, chemical and bunker warfare. Troops who were bunkered down in vast trenches became overwhelmed by powerful, new weapons including tanks, WMDs, submarines and the first blitz. World War I had horrible consequences 15 million died and 20 million were injured. Through experts, eyewitness testimony, riveting archive and special recreations seamlessly blended into an archival background, each episode features the story of one of these weapons. This mini-series event will bring the legendary, unrecorded events of World War I to life to create a seamless account of how people born into a simpler age learned to deal with the future shock of rapid technological advances driven by the engine of total war.
Take a whirlwind journey to more than thirteen countries as we stop everywhere from Australia and Italy to Mexico and Cambodia. If its worth seeing, well take you there! The show, hosted by Albin and Melanie Ulle, travels around the world showcasing some of the Earths vast beauty. The programme also explores the diverse cultures of several amazing countries and approximately one hundred of the one thousand places from the book, with an eye towards unearthing local charms and traditions.