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In Our Time - The Written World - Episode 3

Melvyn Bragg considers the history of the written word and its influence on human ideas. He looks at how the invention of writing influenced the spread of religion.

Melvyn Bragg continues his survey of the history of the written word by investigating how writing has influenced the spread of religion. He finds out how the evolution of writing materials and techniques allowed religions to develop, and encouters some of the earliest surviving sacred texts, including the 4th-century Codex Sinaiticus and a Koran produced in Iraq in the 8th century.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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