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.
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