Ancient Top 10: Series 1
Ancient Top 10 is a smart, fun countdown that details how ancient technology worked, how surprisingly advanced it was, and how it was kind of awesome!
Part 1: Most Lethal Weapons
Throughout human history, mankind has strived to create new and inventive ways of killing. Countries conquered and empires shattered on the backs of the most lethal weapons of the ancient world. From the ancient napalm, Greek Fire, to the weapon that helped the Mongols create the largest ancient empire, the composite bow. The speedy battlefield chariot which changed battle tactics, to the simple yet effective caltrop still in use by militaries today.
Part 2: Secrets of Egypt
Think you know everything about Ancient Egypt? The secrets surrounding this incredible civilization have endured for millennia. The riddles of the Sphinx; Mummification; the Pyramids – the discoveries of Egypt have been among the highest profile archaeological finds in history. But with so many contenders, which Top 10 secret has had the biggest impact on our view of Ancient Egypt?
Part 3: Total Dictators
Greed, genocide, political manipulation and murder most foul – these dictators would stop at nothing to make sure their names went down in history as the greatest rulers to have ever lived. Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, Cleopatra – these are the names you know, with the facts you dont. Which of these Top 10 tyrants will fight off the competition to become the number one dictator of the ancient world?
Part 4: Ancient Ships
The ancient world is home to some of the most sophisticated and advanced ships the world has ever seen. The designs and construction of these monsters of the oceans appear impossible, but still, these ships sailed the seven seas thousands of years ago! The deadly triremes that helped create the golden age of Athens; the forty, an ancient ship that was the size of a modern day aircraft carrier; the Viking longboat which made the raiders so successful.
Part 5: Romes Greatest Hits
Rome. This incredible civilization forged the world as we know it, creating some of the most technologically advanced engineering of antiquity that is still in use today. Such ingenious inventions include: super powered concrete, aqueducts stretching for miles, and sophisticated mining techniques that were years ahead of their time. Which Top 10 feat of Roman engineering will prove to be the biggest breakthrough?
Part 6: Ancient Greek Tech
The ancient Greeks molded the western world, inventing philosophy, democracy, and…robotics? Pioneering technological inventors, the ancient Greeks created inventions that were seemingly impossible: an ancient death ray constructed by Archimedes, Herons automatic doors, Philons ingenious use of robotics. Which of these Top 10 ancient Greek technologies will prove to be the most advanced?
Part 7: Greatest Ancient Metropolises
Behind every great empire there is a central metropolis, driving expansion and governing the great empires that called these cities home; hubs of technology, politics, engineering and massive populations comparable to cities of today. From the grandeur of Rome to the intellectual seat of Alexandria; the incredible Chinese city Xian to the legendary home of democracy, Athens, the ancients built cities that would leave their mark on history. But which of these Top 10 ancient metropolises will take the crown as most renowned?
Part 8: Greatest Ancient Monuments
The greatest monuments of the ancient world show more than wealth, they show power. An adversary not to be messed with. From the secrets of Stonehenge to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes; the home of ancient spectacle, the great Colosseum to the jaw dropping temple of Karnak. Which of these Top 10 archaeological sites will be crowned the most jaw-dropping monument of the ancient world?
Part 9: Ancient Sieges
The great empires of the ancient world were created through war, and some of the most defining battles were fought through siege warfare. The legendary battle of Troy, the incredibly advanced weapons of Archimedes at the battle of Syracuse, and the beginning of the fall of Rome. These are moments in history that will never be forgotten. But which Top 10 siege will top our list for being the most devastating?
Part 10:Ancient Mysteries
Think you know the ancient world? Think again. To this day, there are still mysteries surrounding the ancients that have us questioning what we know about these incredible civilizations. Secrets that demonstrate incredible technology comparable to our own: an ancient computer, models that demonstrate flight, stones weighing hundreds of tons seamlessly transported. All incredible enigmas, but which of these Top 10 ancient mysteries tells us the most about the ancient world we think we know?