In Search of Myths and Heroes
Popular historian and presenter Michael Wood goes in search of four of the most famous myths in the world: Shangri-la; Jason and the Golden Fleece; the Queen of Sheba and the Holy Grail This journey takes Wood to some of the most remote regions on Earth including Western Tibet, the mountains of Georgia and the Caucasus, the plains of Southern Iraq to the coasts of Ethiopia, Yemen and the Horn of Africa The legend of Shangri-La has been immortalised in popular myth, but what is the truth behind the legend of a lost civilisation behind the Western Himalayas? The Queen of Sheba, King Solomon and the Ark of the Covenant are found in both the Jewish Bible and the Koran, and the Queen of Sheba is still claimed to be the founder of Ethiopia, but who was she? The legend of the Golden Fleece is the ultimate in epic adventure story, pre-dating Homer's lliad and the Odyssey, but did such a voyage take place? The quest for the Holy Grail and the story of King Arthur have fascinated us for centuries, but why is this such a potent story?
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In Search of Myths & Heroes: Exploring Four Epic Legends of the World
Limited preview - 2005