Moorings Park Summer 2017
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Film Lecture Series
10 am – Noon
Sheffield Theater

May 9 – June 13


Legacy: Ancient Civilizations

Iraq: Cradle of Civilization

India: Empire of the Spirit

China: The Mandate of Heaven

Egypt: The Habit of Civilization

Central America: The Burden of Time

(Central/South American Civilization Timeline)

(Mayan Gods)

(Aztec Cannibalism)

(Human Sacrifice)

(Aztec/Mayan Map)

Time Scanners Machu Picchu

National Geographic: Machu Picchu Decoded

Precursors of the Inca

Peru's Lost City

Lost Pyramid of Caral (Peru)

The Living Stones of Sacsayhuaman

Mystery of Easter Island

America Before Columbus

What can the past teach us about the present? In this profound and provocative documentary, historian Michael Wood travels the globe to trace the origins of six great civilizations. These ancient cultures offer surprising perspectives on today’s most urgent questions: What purpose does society serve? How can it survive--and thrive--within the limits of nature?  Journey to Iraq, where humans built the first cities and faced the first environmental crisis; to India, where a culture of spirituality flourished; to China, where ritual and respect for ancestors reflected ideas of cosmic harmony; to Egypt, where monuments to the dead promised stability and eternal life; to Central America, where the Aztecs and Maya carved out bloody empires; and to Western Europe, where the individual became the center of society. In every locale, Legacy takes a fresh, strikingly relevant look at the roots of civilization.