Season 1

    Explore the seedbed civilizations of Mesoamerica, the Middle East and the Indus Valley to learn how and why early humans, who had been mobile foragers, created villages, towns, cities and states, establishing the blueprint for the modern world.

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    First Civilizations

    Trade

    Examine the civilizing effect of trade.

    Trade

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    First Civilizations

    Cities

    Investigate why cities were so integral to the rise of civilization.

    Cities

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    First Civilizations

    Religion

    Learn why every successful civilization needs a narrative—a shared set of beliefs.

    Religion

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    First Civilizations

    War

    See how war can destroy lives, yet create civilization.

    War