2/5 Neil MacGregor examines the rise of religious imagery in India under the Guptas.
1/5 Neil MacGregor tells the story of one of the world's best known figures, the Buddha.
5/5 Neil MacGregor uses a silver pepper pot to tell of the Roman spice trade with India.
4/5 Neil MacGregor examines an ancient Chinese scroll that rules on how women should behave.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists.
3/5 Neil MacGregor discovers the oldest ball game on earth.
The history of lager and how a new philosophy changed Edinburgh. With Vanessa Collingridge
2/5 Neil MacGregor on a 2,000-year-old stone pipe from North America.
3/3 Michael Portillo examines the past and future of democracy over 2,500 years.
1/5 Neil MacGregor tells the story of a Roman silver cup with the power to shock.
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