Genius of the Ancient World

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.

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  • zenqi

    What is presented here with regard to the life of the Buddha is all of the tired mythical stories. Who the Buddha was, where he came from, what he did and what he taught is fairly well documented, but many fictional stories were embellished to make him much larger than life. If one merely learns what he actually taught, there is no need to pay any attention to these legends which rather detract form the brilliance of the Buddha.