Sunday, January 24, 2010

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Almost everyone who visits London would go to the British Museum, but many might not know how to appreciate the objects inside.... hmm... especially those pieces of rock, (which showed clear evidence of human beings in certain area...) or mummies.... etc.

A History of the World in 100 Objects is a programme that I am so fascinated by recently, like all other BBC programmes, the script was so well-written (by the director of British Museum and many other related contributers), bringing us back to 2,000,000 - 8000 BC, looking at objects that shaped us into the human beings today.
The coming week will be "After the Ice Age: Food and Sex" - objects that gives us clue to why farming began after ice age.

A glimpse of the coming weeks, very exciting:
The First Cities & States (3500–2000 BC)
What happens as people move from villages to cities? Five objects tell the story.

The beginning of science and literature (2000–1200BC)
4000 years ago, societies began to express themselves through myth, maths and monuments. 4000 years ago societies were becoming more sophisticated. Amongst this week’s objects are the earliest examples of literature and science.

Old World, New Powers (1200–600BC)
Across the world new regimes create objects to assert their supremacy.

The World In The Age Of Confucius (500–400 BC)
2500 years ago thinkers such as Confucius and Plato were exploring how people should live, but can objects like the Parthenon sculptures or a golden chariot tell us more?

A museum, is no-doubt a walk-in storybook.
Frankly, I often feel that I receive more of my education from the BBC iPlayer than school. :) Share the joy!

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