Genius of the Ancient World is a History Documentary programme.

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Genius of the Ancient World

Historian Bettany Hughes embarks on an expedition to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: Buddha, Socrates and Confucius. All three physically travelled great distances philosophising as they went and drawing conclusions from their journeys. With Bettany as our guide, she gets under the skin of these three great minds and shines a light on the overlooked significance of the 5th century BC in shaping modern thought across the world. episode 1.

Genre: History Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Genius of the Ancient World next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 January 23rd, 10:00pm and on BBC 4 February 1st, 10:00pm. See more...