Watch Michael Wood: In Search of Myths and Heroes

"Michael Wood: In Search of Myths and Heroes" (2005) is a documentary mini-series that explores four kinds of mythology: Greek, Celtic, Biblical and Indian. He takes a figure or place from each one and examines the possible historical veracity and the deeper meaning. He asks whether Shangri-La or the Queen of Sheba existed? Were they based on anything real? What might have they represented?

BBC Two
1 Season, 4 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
Documentary & Biography, History
Michael Wood: In Search of Myths and Heroes
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Michael Wood: In Search of Myths and Heroes Full Episode Guide

  • In this episode, the intrepid host retraces Jason's epic boat journey, traveling from Greece to Turkey and Georgia.

  • On a journey round the Celtic world -- from Cornwall to Wales, Brittany, Ireland and Scotland -- Michael Wood explores the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

  • Michael Wood's trek across India, Nepal and Tibet (much of it on foot) culminates at the ruins of the lost city of Tsaparang -- a place he suggests is the inspiration for the legendary Shangri-La.

  • Starting his journey on Easter night, Michael Wood sets off from Jerusalem and travels around the Red Sea to Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia and the lost world of Axum (irst civilization of sub-Saharan Africa) to explore the legend of the Queen of Sheba.

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