The Ascent Of Civilization


Season 2 Episode 3 - The Arabs

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The Arabs have been bringing knowledge of the ancient world to Europe since the 8th century. In the fields of medicine, mathematics or philosophy, their scholars were far beyond their time and still affect our world today. For a long time the Arabs were estranged, not united by one nation or leader. They had little in common but a shared language. This didn’t change until Mohammed ended polytheism, founded a new religion and united all of the Arabic tribes in their faith in one God: Allah.

Season 2 Episode 2 - The Germanic Peoples

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There is barely a country in Europe that can't look back on Germanic roots, though there has never been one unified people. The term ‘Germanic’ actually refers to a number of tribes and clans that lived in Central and Northern Europe from the sixth century BC. Gaius Julius Caesar is said to have used it when talking about the Gallic war. However, the Romans were full of contempt for the Germanic peoples, Tacitus calling their home a hideous blood-curdling place full of dark woods and swamplands.

Season 2 Episode 1 - The Carthaginians

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This is a journey to the roots of the modern world: from the eclectic Germanic tribes that defied the mighty Romans, to the seafaring Carthaginians that established the first global trade network, and the pioneering Arabs and their advances into modern science. Meet the ancestors that have shaped the world. The Carthaginians were sly merchants and cruel child killers - at least according to the Ancient Romans and Greeks. But research shows that they weren't as bad as their reputation. Their sto...