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Mary Beard Collection: Rome

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Meet the Romans [Meet the Rome empire]: "We still live in the shadow of ancient Rome - a city at the heart of a vast empire that stretched from the North of England to Afghanistan, dominating the west for over 700 years. This fascinating history series, as seen on the BBC and presented by Professor Mary Beard, puts aside the stories of emperors and armies, guts and gore, to meet the real Romans living at the heart of it all" -- Container.; Ultimate Rome - Empire without limit: "Travelling from Spain to Israel, Algeria to Britain, Germany to Turkey, historian and classicist Mary Beard answers the big questions that have fascinated people for centuries... How and why did the Roman empire happen? Why did Rome acquire an empire? And why did it fall? Mary examines its creation, its succes [...]
DVD
2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Minotaur's Island

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The mysterious island of Crete has always loomed large in imagination, as the home of the Minotaur -- that monstrous creature, half-man half-bull -- imprisoned in Daedalus' labyrinth. Before Crete collapsed in fire and violence, it gave birth to Europe's first civilization nearly 5,000 years ago, and boasted an advanced, prosperous Mediterranean civilization with hinged doors, flush toilets, and magnificent palaces. How did the Minoans live, and what brought this great society to such a sudden, obscure end? Modern archeology offers new insights into the everyday life in Minoan culture, and tantalizing clues about its tragic destiny.
DVD
2008; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Legacy: The Origins of Civilization

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This six part series explores the influence on ancient culture on our lives today. Host Michael Wood visits the ancient cities and great ports of India and China, the deserts of Egypt and Iraq, the Mexico of the Inca, Aztec and Mayan peoples, the Greek and Roman monuments of Europe and the jungles of Central America searching for the living legacies of these once great civilizations. The series traces how the institutions that arose with urban civilization 5,000 years ago, such as organized religion, bureaucratic government and international trade are still affecting the political and cultural mindset of many parts of the world today.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Secrets of Archaeology

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Take a virtual tour through rediscovered cities and see archaelogical sites as their inhabitants saw them centuries ago. Spectacular on-location photography, state-of-the-art graphics, and research from the world's leading archaeological experts.
DVD
2006; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Time Life's Lost Civilizations

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This Emmy-Award winning series for Outstanding Informational Series features original location cinematography in 25 countries, taking the viewer around the world on an incredible journey from ancient Mesopotamia to modern Tibet.
DVD
2002; 1995
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Mystery of the Maya

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This program seeks answers to the three great mysteries of the Maya: their unusual choice of inhospitable areas for their cities, how they achieved such incredible knowledge, and why they abandoned their cities at the height of their brilliance. Mayan integration of beautiful architecture, art and society is reviewed, as well as their unusual and demanding religion.
VHS
1990
Ivy (By Request)
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New Worlds [electronic resource]

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Explores the Age of Discovery and provides evidence that cultures, like biological species, have evolved independently and globally. Reveals a broad range of cultures from the vast empires of the Aztecs and Incas to roving bands of hunter-gatherers.
Online
1993
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Artisans and Traders [electronic resource]

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Explores the link between economic and cultural evolution. Examines the contrast between the simple divisions of labor in earliest civilization with the increasing job specialization and economic interdependence of today's culture, causing a continual restructuring of society.
Online
1993
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Signs and Symbols [electronic resource]

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Compares the signs and symbols of ancient scripts to the status symbols used in modern culture. Archaeologists use ancient and modern examples to reconstruct and decipher the meaning of the symbols they find.
Online
1993
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Power, Prestige, and Wealth [electronic resource]

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Postulates how and why powerful groups or individuals have managed to control vast holdings from ancient times to the present day. Examines the different methods archaeologists use to study how rulers gain and keep power.
Online
1993
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Realms [electronic resource]

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Explores the internal workings of societies and their external relations by looking at marriage, alliances, trade and warfare. Examines how archaeologists determine this information by trying to reconstruct geographic borders for ancient civilizations.
Online
1993
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The Spirit World [electronic resource]

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To distinguish religious meanings, examines ritual behavior and sacred spaces and objects in archaeological and ethnographic settings. Explores present-day, traditional societies to show the complexity of spiritual life and the limits and possibilities of archaeological reconstruction.
Online
1993
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Collapse [electronic resource]

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Examines the reasons behind the decline of various civilizations throughout history. Explores the collapse of the Sumerian and Mayan civlizations as well as the fall of the Roman Empire. Also discusses how overpopulation and over-exploitation of resources contributed to the collapse of Copan and looks at similar problems that confront society today.
Online
1993
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The Hearth [electronic resource]

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Examines how enculturation and economic cooperation have shaped the homes and families of people, past and present. Reveals remains of houses at archaeological sites and shows footage of family life in traditional cultures to provide a glimpse into what family life must have been like.
Online
1993
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Secret Cities of the Amazon [electronic resource]

This program investigates the history and the mystery behind the mythological lost cities surrounding the Amazon River. Scientists once dismissed the legends as exaggerations, believing that the rainforest could not sustain such a huge population - until now. A new generation of explorers armed with 21st-century technology has uncovered remarkable evidence that could reinvent our understanding of the Amazon and the indigenous peoples who lived there. Watch to hear traded tales of a lost civilization of people living in the Amazon before the time of Columbus. National Geographic News correspondent Kelly Hearn takes us on expedition in search of lost cities in the Amazon as he retraces the paths of two of its greatest explorers. Using CGI and dramatic re-creations, we re-imagine the ba [...]
Online
2008
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Nazca Decoded [electronic resource]

The arid desert of southern Peru houses one of mankind's greatest unsolved mysteries. The Nasca Lines comprise at least 15,000 geoglyphs etched into the desert sands: human and animal figures, geometric shapes, and radial lines crisscrossed over wide expanses of desert. The Nasca people flourished here between 200 BC and 700 AD. But the harsh environment led them to take extreme measures in order to survive. In this program, an international team of modern archaeologists led by Markus Reindel and Johnny Isla engages in an unprecedented effort to build a comprehensive, three-dimensional digital model of the lines to answer questions about their construction, chronology, and significance. Excavations in the surrounding mountains led by archaeologist Christina Conlee uncover extraordina [...]
Online
2009
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Moche Human Sacrifice [electronic resource]

Forensic anthropologist John Verano has been called to solve a nearly 2,000-year-old mystery of gruesome proportions. Mass graves have been discovered at an ancient Peruvian temple complex known as the Temple of the Moon, and the remains there shout accusations of violent ritual sacrifice. The Moche-a pre-Columbian agricultural civilization thriving from 100 BC to AD 800-are one of the best-known pre-Columbian cultures of South America. These remarkable people were at one point the dominant culture on the north coast of Peru. Human skeletons found within a chamber used for an ancient human sacrifice rite, called the presentation, will astound you. This offering site acts as a sacrificial chamber or passageway at the Huaca Bandera archaeological site. Joining a crack team of archeolog [...]
Online
2002
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Upon This Rock [electronic resource]

Why did the Christian Church collapse in Jerusalem but thrive in the West? How did Rome become the center of Catholicism after the invasion of Islam in the East? This film examines the early Church in the imperial capital from Nero's persecution of the apostles Peter and Paul to the triumphs of Christianity becoming the official religion of the Roman Empire.
Online
1997
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Voices From the Desert [electronic resource]

Since their discovery, the Dead Sea Scrolls have proven to be among the most important archeological finds ever. Holding a two thousand-year-old incarnation of the Bible and charting the religious and sociological history, the scrolls contain text that supports both Judaism and Christianity. This film examines the events surrounding the find and how the entire world reacted to their discovery.
Online
1998
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Archeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls [electronic resource]

The Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in 1947 but the archeological work continues to this day. Consisting of religious text and sectarian manuscripts in several different ancient languages, the question of who wrote the scrolls has yet to be definitively answered. This film explores that question as well as the story told by the scrolls, including the contents of one of the scrolls, the Rules for the Congregation, which gives the rules for living in the Messianic age.
Online
1998