The BEST Episodes of Ancient Impossible
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021
Ancient Impossible, the new H2 series, picks up where HISTORY’s long running Ancient Discoveries left off. In this next generation of storytelling, Ancient Impossible reveals how many of today’s technological achievements were actually developed centuries ago. Colossal monuments, impossible feats of engineering and technologies so precise they defy reinvention–the ancient world was far more advanced than we ever imagined. We’ll travel through history to reveal a radically different picture of the past, with innovations so far ahead of their time, they’re still in use today. New science uncovers a lost world more like our own than we ever suspected, and reveals how modern technology has its blueprint in the ancient world.
#1 - Ancient Einsteins
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 27, 2014
Geniuses from ancient times are profiled.
#2 - Warrior Tech
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 20, 2014
Could ancient warriors have had early versions of modern day weapons, such as machine guns and bullet proof vests, centuries before we ever imagined they were possible?
#3 - Moving Mountains
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 6, 2014
How did the Ancients move impossibly huge objects? Why did the Roman forces at the siege of Masada decide to shift an entire mountain by hand? We reveal the ancient technology that allowed the Egyptians to move a 1,000 ton obelisk, and show how the Romans moved even heavier objects at the temples at Baalbek. As well as moving stone and earth, the ancients needed to move mountains of water, using technology we still find impressive today. Who were the most successful Mega Movers of the ancient world and how were they able to make the impossible...possible?
#4 - Power Tools
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 3, 2014
Advanced tools from ancient times are examined.
#5 - Ultimate Weapons
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 29, 2014
We think of weapons of mass destruction as a modern concept, but the ancients also created fearsome weapons of their own, some even more destructive than we can create today. Centuries before the widespread discovery of gunpowder, one ancient genius managed to build a cannon that could fire a projectile using the power of steam! We reveal an ancient troop ship mightier than an aircraft carrier, and death rays that could burn enemy ships. How were the ancients capable of creating seemingly impossible warfare technologies thousands of years before modern times?
#6 - Greatest Ships
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 10, 2014
Examining some of the greatest ships in history, which were designed and built thousands of years ago.
#7 - Extreme Engineering
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 7, 2014
Ancients get troops across a nearly 4,000 foot river, extract oil from the ground without the use of modern drilling technique and build a water tank which contained 3 million cubic feet of water.
#8 - Monster Monuments
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 13, 2014
A massive monument carved out of solid rock, a monster-sized super-dome that defies the laws of gravity. These awe inspiring feats of engineering defy explanation, yet they are not modern–they were actually built thousands of years ago. The Great Pyramid was the tallest structure on earth for over 4,000 years! But what techniques, materials and tools could ancient engineers have used to build it? Stonehenge is one of the most mysterious structures ever built, but could the secret to its construction ever be revealed? Abu Simbel is ancient Egypt’s greatest monument which even eclipses today’s Mount Rushmore. How did the ancient engineers make the seemingly impossible possible?
#9 - Biggest Builds
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 17, 2014
Ancient people built factories, including a war vehicle factory in Egypt and a Roman iron factory.
#10 - Roman Empire
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 24, 2014
Ancient texts help explain the Roman Empire's advanced technologies.