From King Kong to the teddy bear, Marina Warner examines the changing value of the animal.
Neil MacGregor focuses on rites of passage, including a hair-binding ritual from Vanuatu.
Marina Warner examines the threads linking ancient myths and modern machismo.
In her penultimate lecture Marina Warner asks: who are the real cannibals?
Bettany Hughes investigates charisma in her archaeology of philosophy.
Did a belief in supernatural powers give our ancestors an evolutionary advantage?
From St Paul's coining of the word, Francine Stock on the alluring yet elusive quality.
Marina Warner looks at myths of national identity and asks: what is home ground?
Marina Warner examines the various depictions of children in myths and stories.
Neil MacGregor's series continues with a focus on our relationship with the dead.
Why do some people become magicians?
In her first lecture, Marina Warner examines the role of the 'she-monster' in myth.
Timothy Secret on Confucius. To live well together we must first consider the dead.
Neil MacGregor's series on the role and expression of beliefs begins with the Lion Man.
The charisma of humility and service in Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.
Neil MacGregor on communities who believe they are not the sole inhabitants of a landscape
Magician Paul Hyland explains that he is not a trickster. At least, not a dishonest one.
What is it about myths and legends that provides such enduring inspiration for writers?
The history of witchcraft in Reformation Europe.
Ernie Rea and guests discuss the beliefs underpinning witchcraft.