In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

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History Documentary narrated by Michael Wood and published by BBC in 1997 - English, Chinese Multilanguage narration

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In 335 BC Alexander of Macedonia set off on an expedition to conqueror the world. The voyage of Alexander the Great covered more than 22,000 miles in ten years, from Greece to India and back, through some of the most difficult and unforgiving terrain.
In 1996, more than 2000 years later, Michael Wood was hot on his trail, following, as closely as possible, in the footsteps of Alexander and the army that he drove to achieve the impossible.He did have the advantages of modern transport. Up to a point. Travelling by jeep, bus, truck, train, retired Russian ambulance and occasional lifts in helicopters, he discovered that some parts of the world are still completely inaccessible to anything but the feet of camels, mules, horses or occasionally humans.Leaving countless baffled border checkpoint guards in their wake, the crew travelled through 16 countries. They crossed post-Gulf War Iraq and entered Afghanistan during the rise of the Taleban. They crossed the Great Sea of Sand, the Great Salt Desert and the Desert of Death and climbed some of the highest mountain passes in the world.

[edit] Son of God

In this programme: the Lebanese city of Tyre, scene of Alexander's most desperate battle; the Palestinian legend of `Two-Horned Alexander'; and the Egyptian oasis of Siwa, where Alexander was proclaimed pharaoh and son of God.

[edit] Lord of Asia

In this programme, Michael crosses Iran towards the Caspian Sea. He meets nomads who tell of Alexander's tryst with an Amazon queen, and the living descendants of Alexander's Persian enemies, who have their own tales of `Alexander the Accursed'.

[edit] Across the Hindu Kush

Wood travels through war-torn Afghanistan, crossing the Oxus River into Central Asia and the Silk Road city of Samarkand where, in a drunken brawl, Alexander killed the friend who had previously saved his life.

[edit] To the Ends of the World

The final leg takes him from the Khyber Pass through Pakistan to the Punjab, where Alexander's army mutinied and he was forced to return across the Makran Desert to Babylon, where he died at only 32 years of age.

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  • Video Codec: XviD MPEG-4 codec
  • Video Bitrate: 1391 kb/s
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Video Resolution: 576x432
  • Audio Codec: MP3 DualAudio
  • Audio BitRate: 133 kb/s
  • Audio Channels: 2 Ch
  • RunTime: 00:58
  • Framerate: 29.970 FPS
  • Number Of Parts: 4
  • Part Size: 697 MB
  • Subtitles: English , Romanian
  • Ripped by : KiSS

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