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Monty Python star Terry Jones presents this episode of the award-winning documentary series: Ancient Inventions: War and Conflict.

“Jones’s enthusiasm and humour ensured that this lesson was never a drag….just the sort of mensch who can bring a difficult subject to life”   – Evening Standard

Did you realise that automatic doors were first designed over 2000 years ago, accurate pregnancy tests were a regular feature of ancient Babylon and military tanks were actually devised by the Assyrians in 8 BC? Clearly the ancient world was every bit as inventive as our own!

Ancient Inventions takes a revealing look at some of the ancient world’s most remarkable inventions. At the same time, it takes a wry look at the modern world and asks if there are some areas where the past did things better.

In this programme, War and Conflict, Terry Jones examines the search for the ultimate weapon, as well as the ability of doctors to repair the damage such weapons cause. Byzantine flame throwers, Chinese poison gas and successful surgical techniques as complex as brain surgery are a few of the Ancient Inventions inspired by warfare.

“Jones makes history jolly” – The Sunday Telegraph

1 x 50′

The full series is also available on DVD: The Ancient World According to Terry Jones

Originally broadcast on Discovery Channel

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