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Ancient Inventions: War and Conflict

Presented by Monty Python's Terry Jones

Year: 1997, 51 mins
Code: SEV-InventWar

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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.

War and Conflict
Explore the origins of war's most valued assets like the missile, the catapult and the boomerang. Discover how ancient Chinese alchemists invented gunpowder while searching for the secret of life, how Julius Caesar crusaded with M.A.S.H. units, and how successful brain surgery was performed 4,000 years ago.

Other episodes in this series:
City Life
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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