Genius Of The Ancient World

Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: the Buddha, Socrates and Confucius in this new series for the BBC scored by Paul Honey.

All three philosophers lived between the 6th and 5th century BC, during a period of unprecedented intellectual development: those 100 years changed the way we see ourselves forever.

These trailblazers embodied a shift from a reliance on the supernatural to explain humankind’s place in the cosmos, to one where rational thought offered new, exciting possibilities…

The programme airs on the BBC on 5th August 2015.



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