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Title Lost Worlds: Civilisations: The Soul Of The Dragon - Ep 1 Of 4 / Director: Inoue, Katsuhiro
Published Australia : SBS 2, 2001
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Summary A new four-part documentary series that explores four great ancient civilisations: China, Egypt, India and Mesopotamia. The series will screen in the Lost Worlds timeslot.Each of these early civilisations was located on four of the world's great rivers - the Yellow River, the Nile, the Indus, and the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. All these rivers were home to human societies that made their mark on their landscapes and yielded crucial discoveries.The series makers have made use of computer graphics to reconstitute the scenes of everyday life of the golden ages of these cultures. Eminent specialists such as Jean-Claude Margeron (Mesopotamia), Jean-Pierre Corteggiani (Egypt), Corinne Debaine-Frankfurt (China) and Serge Cleuziou (India) have contributed their expertise to ensure that the historical and scientific truths are maintained throughout the series.Civilisations reveals the development and the subsequent disappearance of each of these cultures, five thousand years before the 21st century.Chinese civilisation was born on the banks of the Yellow River, around 3500BC with the emergence of the Yin dynasty. The fertile yellow earth gave the river its colour and name and played a defining role in the development of early Chinese agriculture, architecture and industry. The earth was - and still is - used to build homes for the peasants as well as the wealthy. The yellow loess was used to make moulds for the enormous and intricately decorated bronze vessels that played a central role in the religious ceremonies of the Yin. But bronze was also used to make weapons on an almost industrial scale. Warring kingdoms fought each other for years before one man, the legendary Qin Shi Huangdi, unified China. His tomb, an immense earth pyramid, is guarded by an army made of clay: the famous terracotta warriors. (From France, in French and Mandarin, English subtitles) (Part 1)
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2010-10-19 at 19:30:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Agriculture.
Architecture, Chinese.
Civilization, Ancient.
History -- Influence.
Shang Dynasty (China)
Form Streaming video
Author Chilvers, Simon, cast
Inoue, Katsuhiro, director
Tigneres, Serge, director