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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Eminent classical historian Robin Lane Fox embarks on a journey in search of the origins of the Greek myths. He firmly believes that these fantastical stories lie at the root of western culture, and yet little is known about where the myths of the Greek gods came from, and how they grew. Now, after 35 years of travelling, excavation and interpretation, he is confident he has uncovered answers.

From the ancient lost city of Hattusas in modern Turkey to the smouldering summit of the Sicilian volcano Mount Etna, the documentary takes the viewer on a dazzling voyage through the Mediterranean world of the 8th century BC, as we follow in the slipstream of an intrepid and mysterious group of merchants and adventurers from the Greek island of Euboea. Its in the experiences of these now forgotten people that Lane Fox is able to pinpoint the stories and encounters, the journeys and the landscapes that provided the source material for key Greek myths.

And along the way, he brings to life these exuberant tales - of castration and baby eating, the birth of human sexual love, and the titanic battles with giants and monsters from which the gods of Greek myth were to emerge victorious.

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Tue 10 Dec 2013 00:00 BBC Four

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  • Presenter: Robin Lane Fox

    Presenter: Robin Lane Fox

    Robin Lane Fox is an English historian, currently a Fellow of New College Oxford, and University of Oxford Reader in Ancient History. He is one of the pre-eminent historians of the Ancient World. His books and articles include major works on the relation between the pagan and early Christian religions of the Roman Empire, the definitive history of Alexander the Great, and 'The Classical World. A History.'

    He was historical advisor to the film director Oliver Stone for the epic Alexander, and has been gardening correspondent for the Financial Times for nearly 4 decades.

Credits

Presenter
Robin Lane Fox
Producer
Arif Nurmohamed
Director
Arif Nurmohamed
Executive Producer
Eamon Hardy

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