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ANCESTORS: A PREHISTORY OF BRITAIN IN SEVEN BURIALS
by Alice Roberts
read by Alice Roberts
running time 13hrs 48mins
We often think of Britain springing from nowhere with the arrival of the Romans. But in Ancestors, pre-eminent archaeologist, broadcaster and academic Professor Alice Roberts explores what we can learn about the very earliest Britons, from burial sites and by using new technology to analyse ancient DNA. Told through seven fascinating burial sites, this groundbreaking prehistory of Britain teaches us more about ourselves and our history: how people came and went and how we came to be on this island. It explores forgotten journeys and memories of migrations long ago, written into genes and preserved in the ground for thousands of years. This is a book about belonging: about walking in ancient places, in the footsteps of the ancestors. It explores our interconnected global ancestry, and the human experience that binds us all together. It's about reaching back in time, to find ourselves, and our place in the world.
THE CAVES OF THE SUN
by Adrian Bailey
read by John Fidell
running time 17hrs
Adrian Bailey believes that the influence of psychological interpretations posed by Freud and Jung have been detrimental to a true understanding of mankind`s religious origins. Here he revives a long-discarded nineteenth-century theory that all myths, religions and folktales can be traced to one source - the sun.
THE DREAM OF ROME
by Boris Johnson
read by Barry Wilsher
running time 6hrs 30mins
The Romans created the longest-lasting empire in History. Since then others have tried to imitate Rome's success, including the European Union, but most have failed. Boris Johnson examines the empire created by the Romans.
read by Frank Laverty
running time 27hrs 8mins
The Histories of Herodotus, completed in the second half of the 5th century BC, is generally regarded as the first work of history and the first great masterpiece of non-fiction writing. Joined here are the sheer drama of Herodotus' narrative of the Persian invasions of Greece, and the endless curiosity - turning now to cannabis, now to the Pyramids - which make his book the source of so much of our knowledge of the ancient world.
IN OUR TIME: 25 KEY FIGURES IN ANCIENT HISTORY
by Melvyn Bragg
read by Miscellaneous
running time 19hrs
In Our Time is one of BBC Radio's most successful and best-loved programmes, with a weekly listenership of over two million. This special thematic collection focusses on some of the most important rulers, philosophers and writers of ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Across 25 episodes, presenter Melvyn Bragg and a panel of top-class academics engage in lively and eloquent conversation as they explore the lives, reputations and impact of these pivotal figures. Their subjects include emperors, statesmen, military leaders, authors, poets, playwrights, fabulists and theorists—among them Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, Socrates, Pythagoras, Ovid, Aesop and Sappho.
by John Man
read by Tony Lister
running time 14hrs
Placed in line for the throne by his scheming mother, Kublai Khan the thirteenth century Mongolian prince became the warrior emperor of China and one of the most powerful men who ever lived. John Man draws on his own travels in Mongolia and China to bring this world to life.
MOUNT GRACE PRIORY: EXCAVATIONS OF 1957-1992
by Glynn Coppack
read by Elizabeth Goodrich
running time 25hrs 30mins
Owned by the National Trust and managed by English Heritage, Mount Grace Priory in North Yorkshire, established in 1398 and suppressed in 1539, was one of only nine successful Carthusian monasteries in England and one of the best-preserved medieval houses of that order in Europe. First excavated by Sir William St John Hope in 1896-1900 and in state guardianship since 1955 it is acknowledged as a type site for late-medieval Carthusian monasteries. The modern study of Mount Grace began in 1957 when Hope’s interpretation of the monks’ cells about the great cloister was found to be simplistic and so further excavations were carried out over the next thirty years.
THE NANTEOS GRAIL: THE EVOLUTION OF A HOLY RELIC
by Ian Pegler & John Matthews
read by David Hobbs
running time 9hrs
The theft of the Nanteos Cup from a private home in Wales in 2015 – and its even more remarkable recovery two years later – made the headlines in most major newspapers and featured on BBC Crimewatch. People who had never heard of the cup began asking what it is – a question that has occupied people for the past three hundred years, since word of this mysterious vessel first began to filter out to the world. Though unremarkable to look at, stories of the cup’s powers and of the miraculous cures experienced by those who drank from it have been in circulation for years. The Nanteos Grail collects together for the first time records of the history of the vessel from its first appearance in the Middle Ages to the present. It will appeal to all those interested in historical mysteries and to seekers of the spiritual history of the Grail.
POMPEII: THE LIFE OF A ROMAN TOWN
by Mary Beard
read by Phyllida Nash
running time 12hrs 35mins
The ruins of Pompeii destroyed by Vesuvius in AD 79 offer the best evidence we have of life in the Roman empire. Mary Beard's notes rise to the challenge of making sense of its remains. What kind of town was it? What can it tell us about life then - from sex to politics, food to religion, slavery to literacy?
TROY: THE SIEGE OF TROY RETOLD
by Stephen Fry
read by Stephen Fry
running time 12hrs
When Helen, the beautiful Greek queen, is kidnapped by the Trojan prince Paris, the most legendary war of all time begins. Listen in awe as a thousand ships are launched against the great city of Troy. Feel the fury of the battleground as the Trojans stand resolutely against Greek might for an entire decade. And witness the epic climax - the wooden horse, delivered to the city of Troy in a masterclass of deception by the Greeks....In Stephen Fry's exceptional retelling of our greatest story, Troy will transport you to the depths of ancient Greece and beyond.
UNDER ANOTHER SKY: JOURNEYS IN ROMAN BRITAIN
by Charlotte Higgins
read by Clare Francis
running time 10hrs
What does Roman Britain mean to us now? How has it been re-imagined, in story and song and verse? Charlotte Higgins has traced these tales by setting out to discover the remains of Roman Britain for herself, sometimes on foot, sometimes in a splendid, though not particularly reliable, VW camper van.
WISDOM OF THE ANCIENTS: LIFE LESSONS FROM OUR DISTANT PAST
by Neil Oliver
read by Neil Oliver
running time 8hrs
For all we have gained in the modern world, simple peace of mind is hard to find. In a time that is increasingly fraught with complexity and conflict, we are told that our well-being relies on remaining as present as possible. But what if the key to being present lies in the past? In Wisdom of the Ancients, Neil Oliver takes us back in time to grab hold of the ideas buried in forgotten cultures and early civilisations. From Laetoli footprints in Tanzania to Keralan rituals, stone circles and cave paintings, Oliver takes us on a global journey through antiquity. A master storyteller, drawing on immense knowledge of our ancient past, he distils this wisdom into 12 messages that have endured the test of time and invites us to consider how these might apply to our lives today. The result is powerful and inspirational, moving and profound.
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF ANCIENT GREECE: THE REAL LIVES OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE
by Philip Matyszak
read by Simon Edginton
running time 6hrs 30mins
It is 248 BC, the year of the 133rd Olympic Games. At this time the Hellenistic world is at its peak, with Greek settlements spread across the Middle East, Egypt and Spain. As ever, the world is politically troubled, with Rome locked in a war with Carthage and a major conflict brewing between Egypt and Syria. However, ordinary people are still preoccupied with the crops, household affairs - and in some cases, with winning an Olympic crown. Starting at the autumn equinox, in this imagined account of a year in the life of eight fascinating characters, Philip Matyszak reveals what life was really like at this time. Rather than focusing on the kings and generals from the histories of Thucydides and Polybius, we are invited into the homes of ordinary Greek citizens. From the diplomat who is using the Games as a cover to engage in political skulduggery to the sprinter who dreams of glory, A Year in the Life of Ancient Greece takes us through a dramatic twelve months to reveal the opportunities and the perils of everyday life during this period.