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Egyptians: Conflicting Visions of Immortality

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The Egyptian pharaohs tried to create immortality for their god-king legacy. They attempted it with mummification and huge tombs, but most were destroyed by grave robbers and the passage of time. Still, many images and mummies remain, but one pharaoh's legacy, Akhenaton's, was deliberately obliterated by polytheistic priests because his monotheism threatened their power.

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Egyptians: Conflicting Visions of Immortality

Greeks: Olympic Mind-Body Legacy

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Like the Phoenicians, the Greeks were a collection of city states during their great Hellenic period. And even though they often made war on each other, every four years, during the Olympic Games, they sublimated their violence into a fusion of mind and body worship dedicated to their chief god, Zeus. This great ideal of the Greeks has been more long lasting throughout history than any other.

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Greeks: Olympic Mind-Body Legacy

Incas: Oppression Self-Destroys An Empire

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Like the Romans, the Incas conquered a large number of cultures, binding them together with a network of roads. The Incas also showed remarkable engineering skills in buildings and terraced farming fields, as at Machu Picchu. But the Inca impatience for power is revealed in their ruthless oppression of the defeated peoples.

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Incas: Oppression Self-Destroys An Empire

Khmers: Creating Heaven on Earth

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The Khmer Empire, now modern Cambodia, was largely unknown until the nineteenth-century discovery of the ruins of Angkor Wat, an astonishing temple complex. Long abandoned, its huge and beautiful symmetry reveals it as an attempt to create a Hindu concept of Heaven, here on earth. Yet it also reveals a society where peasants and artisans supported an absolute ruler.

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Khmers: Creating Heaven on Earth

Mayans: Deception By Temple Rituals

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The Mayan Empire was supported by sophisticated mathematical and astronomical knowledge. These ideas were integrated with their religious sacrificial practices, as in their life-or-death ball games.

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Mayans: Deception By Temple Rituals

Timestreams

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Timestreams features separate decks of cards from rival ages: the Stone Age, the Medieval Age, the Modern Age, and Future Technology.

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Timestreams

Egypt's Golden Empire (2010)

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Forged by conquest, and ruled by intimidation and diplomacy, Egypt's New Kingdom was built by men and women of astonishing ambition. For nearly 500 years (1560 B.C. to 1080 B.C.), the pharaohs of Egypt struggled to shape the science, culture, and politics of the ancient world. In the process, they would create the first great empire in history.

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Egypt's Golden Empire

The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization (2010)

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It was perhaps the most spectacular flourishing of imagination and achievement in recorded history. In the Fourth and Fifth Centuries BC, the Greeks built an empire that stretched across the Mediterranean from Asia to Spain. They laid the foundation of modern science, politics, warfare and philosophy, and produced some of the most breathtaking art and architecture the world has ever seen.

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The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (2003, 2009)

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From a small Italian community in 15th Century Florence, the Medici family would rise to become one of the most powerful dynasties in Europe. Using charm, patronage, skill, duplicity and ruthlessness, they would amass unparalleled wealth and unprecedented power. They would use this power to help ignite the most important cultural and artistic revolution in Western history-the Renaissance.

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The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire (2010)

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Commanding shoguns and samurai warriors, exotic geisha and exquisite artisans—all were part of the Japanese "renaissance"—a period between the 16th and 19th centuries when Japan went from chaos and violence to a land of ritual refinement and peace.

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Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire

The Roman Empire in the First Century (2009)

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Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the First Century, the world was ruled by Rome. The Roman Empire struggled with problems which are surprisingly familiar: violent coups, assassination, overarching ambition, civil war, clashes between the classes as well as the sexes, and questions of personal freedom versus government control.

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The Roman Empire in the First Century

Martin Luther (2002)

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Martin Luther's attack on the all-powerful Catholic Church was a knife to the heart of an empire that had endured for over a thousand years. Nailing his treatise to the doors of the Wittenberg Cathedral, this previously obscure German monk changed the world forever, unleashing forces that plunged Europe into war and chaos.

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Martin Luther

Richard the Lionheart & Saladin: Holy Warriors (2005)

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This drama-documentary challenges the popular view of Richard the Lionheart and Saladin's epic clash for control of Jerusalem, using the latest research into the original Christian and Muslim ancient sources and the insight of leading experts from both East and West.

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Richard the Lionheart & Saladin: Holy Warriors

Islam: Empire of Faith (2000)

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Between the fall of Rome and the European voyages of discovery, few events were more significant than the rise of Islam. Within a few centuries, the Islamic empires blossomed, projecting their power from Africa to the East Indies, and from Spain to India.

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Islam: Empire of Faith

Peter & Paul and the Christian Revolution (2002)

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Two thousand years ago, in the Roman province of Judea, Jesus was crucified by imperial troops. Thousands before him had suffered the same fate. But unlike his predecessors on the cross, Jesus did not disappear from history. Instead, his memory was kept alive by a small band of Jews—men and women who held fast to their conviction that Jesus was the Messiah.

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Peter & Paul and the Christian Revolution

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