Modern warships, cargo, and container ships are the cutting edge of maritime technology. But 2,500 years ago, no one dominated shipbuilding like the Greeks.
High-rise, high-density living isn't new. Romans were living in high-rise apartments 2,000 years ago. Travel to Rome and its ancient seaport of Ostia, where many of them still exist.
Discover how monumental masterpieces including the Great Pyramid, Library at Alexander, Temple of Karnak, Sphinx, and obelisks were built using only the most primitive tools and brute labor.
An examination of ancient Greek weapons of mass destruction, including a catapult that could launch a 25-pound missile over a quarter of a mile, deadly poisoned arrows, and Archimedes' infamous "burning mirror."
Travel to the heart of the Roman Empire to examine a remarkable civil engineering project that resulted in a 53-thousand-mile network of highways, which is little-changed today.
Today's missiles, machine guns, and smart weapons may seem cutting-edge, but many were invented by the ancient Chinese. Learn how ancient Chinese armies developed battlefield strategies that shape how we go to war today.
Travel to China to explore the roots of modern agricultural genius as host Michael Guillen explains the ancient history of today's advanced farming technology.
Surgeries, amputations, prescription medicine, fertility and contraception—what we associate with modern medicine was actually introduced by the Egyptians more than 5,000 years ago.
Travel to Mexico's Yucatan peninsula to get a firsthand look at the ancient world's most skilled astronomers and some of their achievements: the Maya.
Travel to the Yucatan and Guatemala to explore how the Maya were able to build the city of Tikal without metal tools or beasts of burden.
How did China extract natural resources more than 2,000 years ago? Explore ancient drilling rigs and see how the modern-day science of geobotany was pioneered by the Chinese.