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Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles traces the development of Western civilization, from the first cities in Mesopotamia to the fall of the Roman Empire. In this six-part series, Miles travels through the Middle East, Egypt, Pakistan and the Mediterranean to discover how the challenges of society -- religion and politics, art and culture, war and diplomacy, technology and trade -- were dealt with and fought over in order to maintain a functioning civilization. Stories are told of disappeared, ruined and modern cities, from ancient Iraq to modern Damascus, to reveal how successes and failures of the ancients shaped the world today.

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Christianity filled a spiritual vacuum at the heart of the Roman civilization.
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Exploring the Roman Republic from its mythical beginning to violent end.
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Tracing the career of Alexander the Great from Greece to Pakistan.
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Exploring the blossoming in art, philosophy and science along with political discord, social injustice and endless war.
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Winners and losers from the Bronze Age collapse; emergence of the Iron Age.
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Exploring the origins of civilization, beginning in Uruk in southern Iraq through Greece.

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