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Find out about the latest technologies that are used today and how many of them may have been developed centuries ago instead of in the recent years that people claim they were invented. There are surprises with some of the items that are discussed on the show, as you might not think that they could have been invented in the time frame discussed.

1 Season, 10 Episodes
June 29, 2014
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Alan Gilchrist
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Ancient Impossible Full Episode Guide

  • A look at extreme engineering used in ancient times.

  • We explore ancient texts to uncover amazing Roman technologies including a horse-drawn arrow shooter--possibly the world's first tank?

  • A look at how ancient people created factories, including a war vehicle factory in Egypt and a Roman iron factory.

  • Some of the greatest ships in history were designed, built, and sailed thousands of years ago. A look at the greatest warship of the ancient world, the Greek Trireme.

  • Power tools that were in fact originally designed years ago.

  • We show the amazing genius of Archimedes, who managed to make water flow uphill and pull a ship up a beach! Meet Philon the genius behind the world's first robot, and Ctesibius who was experimenting with pneumatics centuries before anyone else.

  • Take a deeper look at what ancient fighters used to defend themselves.

  • Stonehenge is one of the most mysterious structures ever built, the Great Pyramid was the tallest structure on earth for over 4,000 years, and Abu Simbel is ancient Egypt's greatest monument which eclipses today's Mount Rushmore. How did the ancient engineers make the seemingly impossible possible?

  • How did the Ancients move impossibly huge objects? Why did the Roman forces at the siege of Masada decide to shift an entire mountain by hand?

  • We think of weapons of mass destruction as a modern concept, but the ancients also created fearsome weapons of their own, some even more destructive than we can create today.

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