SITES OF THE WORLD’S CULTURES
Ancient ruins, golden icons, clay urns, historic paintings, traditional dances, the terra-cotta army of China’s first emperor—all are shown and discussed in service to larger explanations of the societies that produced them. St. Petersburg, for example, visits the city’s cultural sites and museums, giving a sense of the Russian past as historical narration moves from era to era. The Ganges, an unusual episode in the series, follows one man’s spiritual pilgrimage across northern India, immersing viewers in a culture lived today very much as it was in centuries past.
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