Bettany Hughes discusses the life of the Greek poet Sappho.


 Bettany goes in search of this lost civilisation, revealing the story of a city founded out of the desert by Alexander the Great in 331 BC to become the world's first global centre of culture, into which wealth and knowledge poured from across the world.



Three cities dominated the ancient world: Athens, Rome and a third, now almost forgotten. It lies hidden beneath the waters of the Mediterranean and a sprawling modern metropolis.Alexandria was a city built on a dream; a place with a very modern mindset, where - as wit...

Through the examination of the very latest archaeological evidence we try to piece together the experience of living under Roman occupation in Britain.





The history of women and religion.






Pick of the Day 

The Independent on Sunday, The Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Radio Times


"This is a story that has, until now, been determinedly and successfully erased from history." 

The Radio Times

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