Since the dawn of civilisation the forces of nature and the whims of Gods held sway over humanity but 2,500 years ago human kind experienced a profound transformation. Suddenly there were new possibilities, it was a time when rationality began to overrule superstition and belief.
Upheavals across the globe sparked an ambitious vision of what humans could achieve, spearheaded by three trailblazers Socrates, Confucius and the Buddha, all great thinkers from the ancient world who’s ideas still shape our own lives. By daring to think the unthinkable, they laid the foundations of our modern world.
In this BBC film historian, Bettany Hughes, investigates the revolutionary ideas in order to better understand what set them in motion, dedicating an episode to each.