- Actors: Michael Wood
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: 2 Entertain Video
- DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
- Run Time: 220 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0007GJ5OY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,078 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
In Search Of Myths And Heroes [DVD]
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Presented by Michael Wood, this BBC documentary series explores the nature and the possible reality of four of mankind's most enduring myths. In an epic journey from the Tibetan mountains to the coast of Ireland, Wood examines in detail why these stories have lasted so long and why they continue to enthral today. He starts with the legend of Shangri-La, the lost civilisation hidden in the mountains of the Himalayas, and then continues with the Biblical story of the Queen of Sheba. Revered even today by the Ethiopians as the founder of their country, Wood evaluates the evidence of her existence and examines the links between this story and the Ark of the Covenant. In the third part Wood travels to Greece and the Black Sea to look at perhaps the oldest myth of all: the legend of Jason and the Golden Fleece. Finally, he delves into the myriad stories about the Holy Grail, and examines the links between the grail and King Arthur.
Michael Wood explores four of the most famous myths in the world: Shangri-la, the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba and the Holy Grail. His journeys take him to some of the most remote and exciting places on earth - from the fantastic landscapes of western Tibet to the mountains of Georgia and the Caucasus; and from the plains of southern Iraq to the coasts of Ethiopia, Yemwn and the Horn of Africa. The stories he reveals will also take in Greece and Turkey, India and Nepal, and the world of Celtic Britain and the west of Ireland. In his investigations Michael Wood delves into the past to separate fact from fiction, and to find out the historical truth.
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On the historical front is rather more of a mixed bag than his previous In Search of the Trojan War [DVD]. That had a full series to in which he could play historical detective, trying to locate the truth by tracing a story around the Aegean and through the works of different historians.
This time each piece of historical detective work is condensed into just one 50 minute episode. For Sheba and Arthur that means a helter-skelter journey through many conflicting tales, raising many questions and showing many beautiful scenes but offering little in the way of historical answers amongst all the conflicting thoughts. The other two, Shangri-La and Jason are rather better in this respect and each involve him tracing one continuous journey, making it for a historically-enriched travelogue through some of the most beautiful parts of the planet.
However, even the weaker episodes are still highly enjoyable and are likely to have you reaching for the computer either to find out more about them or to see how you can visit some of the locations on holiday.
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