Genius of the Ancient World

Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: Buddha, Socrates and Confucius. All three travelled great distances, philosophizing as they went and drawing conclusions from their journeys. Hughes gets under the skin of these three great minds and shines a light on the overlooked significance of the 5th century BC in shaping modern thought across the world.


Air Date: June 05, 2016 - 58:48
Bettany Hughes travels to China on the trail of Confucius, whose ideas have fundamentally shaped the country of his birth for around 2,500 years.
Air Date: May 29, 2016 - 58:28
Historian Bettany Hughes visits Greece on the trail of the maverick thinker Socrates, who was executed for his beliefs.
Air Date: May 22, 2016 - 58:34
Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India to investigate the revolutionary ideas of the Buddha.