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Ancient Discoveries EpisodesSeason 3    

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  • Siege Of Troy
    The legend of Troy is examined in a visit to what is believed to be the location of the real Troy in Turkey. Included: probes of Achilles' duel against Hector and the sailing of the vast Mycenaean fleet.

  • Cars & Planes
    Transportation technology is examined. Included: a 6th-century B.C. Greek railway and Chinese wind-powered vehicles from the 6th century A.D. Also: possible flying machines from Greece, Egypt and China.

  • Machines Of The Gods
    Examining Greek and Roman technology designed for use in religious temples to create illusions that seemed miraculous. Included: an iron chariot that appeared to be suspended in mid air at the Temple of Serapis in Alexandria.

  • Super Ships
    Extraordinary sailing vessels are examined, including the Khufu funeral ship in Egypt made entirely without metal nails; and a warship that could hold 7000 crewmen.

  • Ancient Mega Machines
    Examining ancient machines used in the large-scale engineering projects of the ancient world, particularly in Greece and Egypt. Included: machines used to transport 3-ton limestone coffins in Greece. Also: the building of the Parthenon.

  • Egyptian Warfare
    Egyptian warfare and weaponry are examined, including revolutionary weapon-making techniques; and the grand scale of their battles.

  • Chinese Warfare
    Military innovations from ancient China are examined, including gunpowder, flame throwers, rockets, automated crossbows and siege machines.

  • Machines III
    Mechanical devices from ancient China are examined, including a device to collect star data, water-powered clocks and a hydraulic hammer. Also: a visit to an iron furnace; and an interview with clay expert Ye Hongming.

  • Robots
    An examination of ancient robotics includes a look at the creations of Greek engineers Heron and Philon; and robotic devices in the Byzantine Empire. Also: a reconstruction of ancient inventions.

  • Machines Of The East
    Examining the inventions of Arab engineer Al-Jazari, who lived in what is now modern Turkey in the 13th century, whose designs included a water clock and a variety of geared mechanisms. Included: a reconstruction of some of his inventions.
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