Once again, proof that what's old is new.
planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
16 July 2012
In recent years, Monty Pythoner Terry Jones has created a wonderful
niche for himself on television. His historical documentaries are
fantastic--highly original, fascinating and a bit funny. He's managed
to re-examine and breath life into such topics as the Crusades, life
for the average Roman, the Middle Ages--among others. Here with
"Ancient Inventions", Jones is back with a short series (only three
episodes) all about ancient technology. His purpose--to show folks of
old WEREN'T stupid and their advances led to the advances of today.
This particular episode of the mini-series is about city life. Like his
other episodes, Jones contends that so much of what we expect to be
modern about cities is, in fact, quite old. In other words, folks of
old weren't stupid and managed to live, in some ways, rather
modern-style lives. He discusses a wide variety of topics that include:
high-rises, fire fighters, aqueducts, concrete, taxi meters (COOL), the
steam engine, roads, street lights, coin-operated machines and toilets.
Throughout all this, he hops the globe and maintains his slightly
anarchic sense of humor--making the show very watchable. It's also
occasionally surprising, as some of the ancient inventions were
surprisingly innovative. Well worth seeing--and probably the best of
the three shows in the series.
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