Michael Wood: In Search of Myths and Heroes

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  • 2005
  • 1 Season

Michael Wood: In Search of Myths and Heroes is a four-part documentary series hosted by the renowned historian, Michael Wood, which airs on BBC Two. The show follows Michael as he embarks on a journey across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, in search of the myths and legends that have shaped the history and culture of these regions. Throughout the series, Michael visits ancient sites and meets with local experts to explore the stories behind some of the most enduring myths and heroes of each region.

In the first episode, Michael travels to Greece, where he investigates the myths surrounding the Trojan War and the epic poems of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. He visits the ruins of Troy and speaks with archaeologists to learn more about the origins of the city and the truth behind the legend of the Trojan horse. Michael also explores the island of Ithaca, said to be the home of the legendary Greek hero Odysseus, and learns about the challenges faced by those who attempted to create a historical record of Greece’s oral tradition.

The second episode takes Michael to India, where he delves into the myths surrounding the god Krishna and the epic poem the Mahabharata. He visits ancient temple complexes and speaks with religious scholars to understand the role that Krishna plays in the Hindu religion and how his story has been passed down through generations. Michael also investigates the historical background of the Mahabharata and how the epic poem reflects the culture and society of ancient India.

In the third episode, Michael heads to Scandinavia, where he explores the myths of the Vikings and the Norse gods. He visits the historic city of Jorvik, where the remains of a Viking settlement have been uncovered, and speaks with experts to understand the daily life of the Vikings and their beliefs. Michael also visits the island of Gotland, where he learns about the Norse gods and how their stories were passed down through sagas and poems.

Finally, in the fourth episode, Michael travels to the Middle East to explore the stories of the Three Kings of the Nativity and the legend of the Queen of Sheba. He visits the ancient city of Petra, where he learns about the history of the Nabateans, who inhabited the region during biblical times, and their association with the Queen of Sheba. Michael also investigates the legacy of the Three Kings and how their stories have influenced the Christian religion.

Throughout the series, Michael immerses himself in the cultures and landscapes of each region, offering a unique perspective on the myths and legends that have shaped history. His expertise and enthusiasm make for an engaging and enlightening viewing experience, offering viewers an opportunity to learn about the origins and significance of some of the world’s most enduring stories. With stunning visuals and informative interviews, Michael Wood: In Search of Myths and Heroes is a must-see for anyone interested in history, mythology, or culture.

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Jason and the Argonauts
4. Jason and the Argonauts
In this episode, the intrepid host retraces Jason's epic boat journey, traveling from Greece to Turkey and Georgia.
King Arthur
3. King Arthur
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.
2. Shangri-La
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.
The Queen of Sheba
1. The Queen of Sheba
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.
  • Premiere Date
    February 4, 2005