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Ancient Inventions: City Life

Presented by Monty Python's Terry Jones

Year: 1997, 51 mins
Code: SEV-InventCity

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Monty Python star Terry Jones presents this award-winning documentary series.

Ancient Inventions takes a revealing look at some of the ancient world’s most remarkable inventions. At the same time, it takes a wry look at the modern world and asks if there are some areas where the past did things better. History enthusiast Terry Jones takes us on an unconventional, myth-busting journey revealing the unexpected, whilst discovering that the ancient world was every bit as inventive as our own.

City Life
This episode demonstrates ways in which societies have coped with urban life ever since cities were invented ten thousand years ago. Many aspects of modern urban living, central heating, coin operated slot machines, even taxicab meters, originated in ancient times.

Other episodes in this series:
War and Conflict
Sex and Love

Directed by Phil Grabsky

“Jones makes history jolly” – The Sunday Telegraph

“Jones’s enthusiasm and humour ensured that this lesson was never a drag….just the sort of mensch who can bring a difficult subject to life” – Evening Standard

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