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EPISODES: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

EPISODE 1 - "MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN"

Venus of Willendorf - A Case of Peak Shift

Egypt and the Ordered Body: Egyptian Art

Egypt and the Ordered Body: Valley of the Kings

Ancient Greece and the Naked Body: Rules of Polykleitos

Ancient Greece and the Naked Body: Riace Bronzes

  • Riace Bronzes
    Brief discussion of the artistry and history of the bronze pair, with useful range of photographic views.
  • University of Texas
    Interesting images comparing the two statues and showing one in its pre-restored state.

EPISODE 2 - "THE DAY PICTURES WERE BORN"

Discovery of Altamira: Altamira, Spain

More Cave Painting Sites: Lascaux, France - Salon of Bulls

Chauvet Cave, France - Panel of Felines

Peche Merle, France - Spotted Horses

  • Pech Merle Prehistory Center
    Numbers three and twelve on the interactive map lead to the ledge and "dotted horses" while other map locations lead to more discoveries.

Niaux Caves, France - Wounded Bison

  • Bradshaw Foundation
    Niaux bison images and summary as part of a wide ranging site on the art of early humans, and featuring observations by famed rock art experts.
  • Ariège Pyrenees
    Visitor information for the Niaux Caves, featuring pictures of the bison and of the nearby Park of Prehistoric Art in Tarascon.

San People of South Africa

Expert - Professor David Whitley, archaeologist: Chumash - Cave Art of California

EPISODE 3 - "THE ART OF PERSUASION"

Darius and the First Political Logo

Alexander's Face

  • Alexander Coins
    Professional collector Andrew McIntyre relates fascinating facts explaining the meaning of the features of coins minted at Alexander III's command.
  • Lawrence University, Wisconsin, US
    Description and background of both sides of a "tetradrachm" coin, linked to a clear close up of the famous Alexandrian head.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
    Image and detailed description of a "stater," an ancient Greek coin, featuring the head of Alexander the Great.

Expert - Dr. Andrew Fitzpatrick, Wessex Archaeology

EPISODE 4 - "ONCE UPON A TIME"

Aristotle - "The Poetics'

Joseph Campbell - Storytelling

Carl Jung - Collective Unconscious, Storytelling

SPECIAL INTERACTIVE: Build your own story telling monument: Trajan's Column, Rome

Storytelling, Aboriginal Style

Expert - David Attenborough, Television Presenter

EPISODE 5 - "TO DEATH AND BACK"

D. H. Lawrence - Ship of Death

The Skulls of Jericho

The Moche Civilization

  • Australian Museum
    Brief background and several high quality color images from a 2003-2004 exhibition on priceless objects from the Moche rituals of human sacrifice.
  • The World of Tribal Art, VI:3/ 2000
    Feature essay by Sebastian Miller on Moche fineline painting; detailed description of the technique and expandable illustrations.
  • IBM/PUCP/Wiese Virtual Archaeology Website
    Basic, illustrated information about the archaeological site of El Brujo (the Wizard or Sorcerer), where humans were sacrificed.

The Aztecs of Mexico

The Etruscans

  • The Mysterious Etruscans
    Personal site rich with description and images of Etruscan art, including links to the hellish painting of the tombs of the Blue Demons and Orcus.

EXPERTS - Sheldon Solomon and Jeff Greenberg, Professors of Social Psychology: Human Awareness of Death