Having lived as mobile foragers for 99 percent of our time on Earth, why did humans set out on the road to civilization? How did they create villages, towns, cities and states, and establish the blueprint for the modern world? This series identifies four cornerstones of civilization - war, religion, cities and trade - and explores each in the context of a different location. Criss-crossing the globe, camera crews travel to Mexico, Guatemala, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Oman, Morocco, France, Germany, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. They record the latest archeological discoveries, test new theories and uncover original information.
Drama reconstructions and computer graphics are used to visualize the lost world of the first civilizations. In each episode, the ancient story is also complemented by a modern-day analog, with an expert interviewee connecting the dots between past and present. The idea is to show how our ancestors were motivated by the same impulses that persist today: the inevitability of war, a need for religion, the lure of the city, a love of trade. Their story is our story.
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First Civilizations Airs: Tuesday
First Civilizations Status: Break
FIRST CIVILIZATIONS - General Information
Series Premiere: April 24, 2018 Classification: Documentary Genre: Documentary Network: PBS Airs: Tuesday at 09:00 pm Runtime: 55 Minutes
FIRST CIVILIZATIONS - Season 1 -- 4 Episodes
1x1 -- Apr 24, 2018 -- War 1x2 -- May 01, 2018 -- Religion 1x3 -- May 08, 2018 -- Cities 1x4 -- May 15, 2018 -- Trade