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Neil MacGregor's history of the world told through objects; a sphinx with a pharaoh's head
Neil MacGregor with one of the past's most recognisable objects; the Rosetta Stone.
The 2,000-year-old bronze head of one of the world's most famous rulers: Caesar Augustus.
Neil MacGregor with a penny coin defaced by suffragettes with the words "Votes for women".
Neil MacGregor tells the story of Alexander the Great through a small silver coin.
Neil MacGregor nears the end of his world history - with a Russian revolutionary plate.
The world of Egypt as ruled by Ramesses II and told through one of his giant statues
Neil MacGregor with the personal monogram of Suleyman the Magnificent.
Neil MacGregor's world history told through objects. Today, a great Pharaoh's sandal label
Neil MacGregor examines the rise of religious imagery in India under the Guptas.
Neil MacGregor on mysterious faces from a harem in an ancient city north of Baghdad.
Neil MacGregor's global history told through objects. Today, battle scenes from Iraq.
Neil MacGregor with some of the best examples of African art, the great plaques of Benin.
Neil MacGregor explores the Spanish religious conquest of Mexico with a map.
Neil MacGregor on the life and legacy of the great Indian ruler Ashoka.
Neil MacGregor examines an engraved crystal and royal intrigue at the heart of Europe.
Neil MacGregor with a jade cup that belonged a great leader of the Timurid Empire.
Two gold coins from Syria which sum up one of history's greatest political upheavals.
Neil MacGregor examines a dramatic image of power and faith from ancient Iran.
Neil MacGregor tells the story of a ritual seat from a lost Caribbean culture.
A disturbing, bloody image from the ancient Mayan civilisation.
Neil MacGregor with one of the most sensational finds from Anglo-Saxon Britain.
Neil MacGregor examines a reliquary made for a thorn from Christ's crown of thorns.
Neil MacGregor's world history continues with images of war made over 2500 years ago