Radio 4's Ancient Worlds Collection

Listen to selection of Radio 4 programmes looking at ancient civilizations.

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Radio 4 programmes

  • A History of the World logo

    Listen to programme icon A History of the World in 100 Objects

    Find out more about the ancient world themes and objects discussed by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum.

  • Sculpture of Akhenaten

    Listen to programme icon Akhenaten - In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests Elizabeth Frood, Richard Parkinson and Kate Spence discuss the Pharaoh Akhenaten, the ruler who brought revolutionary change to ancient Egypt.

  • The Lion of Babylon,

    Listen to programme icon Babylon - In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the truth behind the empire of Babylon.

  • Cuneiform tablets from Nineveh,

    Listen to programme icon The Library at Nineveh - In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Library at Nineveh, a treasure house of Assyrian ideas from the 7th Century BC.

  • Helen of Troy

    Listen to programme icon Helen of Troy - Woman's Hour

    Helen of Troy has excited man's imagination for thousands of years. Woman's Hour tries to uncover the real Helen with Bettany Hughes and Edith Hall.

  • Sappho ,

    Listen to programme icon  Sappho - Great Lives

    Historian Bettany Hughes discusses the life of the Greek poet Sappho.

  • Delphi,

    Listen to programme icon The Delphic Oracle - In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Delphic Oracle, the most important source of prophecies in the ancient world.

  • Illustration of the Battle of Thermopylae,

    Listen to programme icon The Battle of Thermopylae - In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Battle of Thermopylae. For the historian Herodotus, the Battle of Thermopylae was the defining clash between East and West.

  • Statue of King Leonidas of Sparta,

    Listen to programme icon Sparta - In Our time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests Paul Cartledge, Edith Hall and Angie Hobbs discuss Sparta, the militaristic Ancient Greek city-state, and the political ideas it spawned..

  • The death of Socrates,

    Listen to programme icon Socrates - In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Greek philosopher Socrates, acknowledged as one of the founders of Western philosophy.

  • Painting of the story of Narcissus,

    Listen to programme icon The Greek Myths - In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Greek myths from Achilles to Zeus.

  • The emperor Augusutus

    Listen to programme icon The Roman Way

    Using contemporary accounts, The Roman Way explores different aspects of everyday life in the Roman Empire, two millennia ago

  • The Roman Senate,

    Listen to programme icon The Roman Republic- In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the rise and eventual downfall of the Roman Republic which survived for 500 years.

  • Erotic mural from Pompeii

    Listen to programme icon The Secret Museum

    Secret Mueum looks at the explicit erotic, sexual and pornographic art of Pompeii.

  • The Emperor Augustus,

    Listen to programme icon The Augustan Age - In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests Mary Beard, Catharine Edwards and Duncan Kennedy discuss the political regime and cultural influence of the Roman Emperor Augustus.

  • Pliny,

    Listen to programme icon Pliny's Natural History - In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Pliny's Natural History.

  • Ancient Rome,

    Listen to programme icon Rome and European Civilization - In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests assess the role that Rome has played in European civilization.

  • Ruins of Ancient Rome,

    Listen to programme icon The Fall of the Roman Empire - In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the causes of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

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Pocahontas

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life of the Native American Pocahontas.

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