Secrets of Ancient Empires: The First Beliefs (2001)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Military & War, Politics & Government, Religions & Belief Systems, World History  |   Run Time - 50 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter

This program is the last episode in a five-volume series that investigates the ancient empires of the world, including those of Babylon, Greece, and Rome. The myriad beliefs and practices of these places of antiquity are presented with archival materials, art, reenactments, on-site visits, and interviews with scholars. Ancient cultures had their own belief systems, which reflected their connection with their natural environment. The land, the sun, moon, and stars, figured largely in the mythologies and religions of ancient peoples. Animal and human sacrifice were practiced. Some of the most colorful examples are presented in this program.



ancient, archaeology, Greece, land, sacrifice