Ancient Worlds

The BEST episodes of Ancient Worlds

Every episode of Ancient Worlds ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Ancient Worlds!

Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles explores the roots of civilisation, from the creation of the first cities in Mesopotamia some 6,000 years ago, to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

Last Updated: 10/6/2022Network:BBC Two
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The Greek Thing
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8.58
131 votes

#1 - The Greek Thing

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/24/2010

Richard Miles examines the paradoxes of Greek civilisation. The archaeologist and historian explains how despite being famed for its artistic, cultural and scientific achievements, this society based around city-states was also renowned for its political intrigue, brutal warmongering and deep social inequalities

Directors: Tim Kirby
Watch Now:Amazon
The Republic Of Virtue
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8.44
184 votes

#2 - The Republic Of Virtue

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/8/2010

Richard Miles travels to Sicily and North Africa to explore the rise of the Roman Republic, from its fratricidal mythical beginnings, to its emergence as a powerful empire. Beginning in a cluster of hill villages, the Romans achieved the domination of the Mediterranean after defeating Carthage, and the historian argues that, as the territorial expansion started and the violence increased, Rome became its own worst enemy

Directors: Tim Dunn
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
City Of Man, City Of God
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8.19
95 votes

#3 - City Of Man, City Of God

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/15/2010

In the last of the series, archaeologist and historian Richard Miles examines the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. At the height of its power, the Roman Empire extended the benefits of its civilization to a 60 million citizens and subjects in a swathe of territory that extended from Hadrian's Wall to the banks of the Euphrates.

Directors: Tim Dunn
Watch Now:Amazon
The Age of Iron
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8.12
194 votes

#4 - The Age of Iron

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/17/2010

Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles examines the collapse of the Bronze Age 3,000 years ago, and how the civilisations of the subsequent Iron Age emerged. He explores the former Phoenician cities of Byblos and Tyre and their technological contributions, including the alphabet and deep-water sailing, before heading to Israel to learn how the Assyrian war machine affected small local powers

Directors: Tim Kirby
Watch Now:Amazon
Return Of The King
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7.73
157 votes

#5 - Return Of The King

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/1/2010

Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles explores the triumphs and legacy of Alexander the Great, the conqueror who rose from the minor kingdom of Macedon and went on to control a vast empire stretching to Persia. The presenter also focuses on those who succeeded him after his demise in Babylon, and how they tried to maintain the empire by cunning rather than by the sword

Directors: Tim Dunn
Watch Now:Amazon
Come Together
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7.69
180 votes

#6 - Come Together

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/10/2010

Richard Miles explores the roots of civilisation. Starting in Uruk, the 'mother of all cities', in southern Iraq, he travels to Syria, Egypt, Anatolia and Greece.

Directors: Tim Kirby
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes

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