Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the political philosophy of Marcus Tullius Cicero.
John Tusa chronicles the making of modern Iran.
The oil crisis of the 1950s led to the overthrow of a democratically elected government.
The fall of the Shah led to the creation of the world's first Islamic republic.
BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson reflects on recent events in Iran.
Melvyn Bragg discusses the impact of Shakespeare's approach to history (programme 2 of 2).
Kamin Mohammadi says life under an authoritarian regime is lived more creatively.
The rise and eventual downfall of the Roman Republic which survived for 500 years.
Could a hot war with Iran be about to start? Analysis probes the West's options.