Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In Search of Eden and the Beginnings of Civilization

Today on Far Future Horizons we are going to take a trip back in time in Search of the mythical Garden of Eden and the beginnings of civilization. Whether or not you believe in the veracity of the biblical account, both of today’s video features contain a wealth of information concerning the origin of the first civilization to emerge on our planet – The Sumerians.

Time Life Lost Civilizations - Mesopotamia: Return to Eden

Mesopotamia "land between the rivers, " is a name for the Tigris-Euphrates region in the eastern Mediterranean, largely corresponding to Iraq, as well as northeastern Syria, some parts of southeastern Turkey, and some parts of the Khuzestan Province of southwestern Iran. Widely considered as the cradle of civilization, Bronze Age Mesopotamia included Sumerian,Akkadian, Babylonian and Assyrian empires. In the Iron Age, it was ruled by the Neo-Assyrian Empire and Neo-Babylonian Empire, and later conquered by the Achaemenid Empire. It mostly remained under Persian rule until the 7th century Islamic conquest of the Sassanid Empire.

Actor Sam Waterston hosts this ten-part series that revisits ancient cultures on four continents. Dramatic re-enactments recall key historic events, and attractive location footage provides viewers with interesting information about the featured cultures. This episode examines the culture of the ancient Sumerians, who once lived in an area that's now part of Iraq. Some historians believe that these people built the world's earliest civilization.

Mysteries of The Garden of Eden

In the Bible, the Garden of Eden is an earthly paradise taken away as punishment for the sins of humankind. But, is it possible that scientific evidence can prove that the Garden really existed?

Now, DECODING THE PAST devotes its authoritative resources to exploring the true nature behind this legendary place. According to the Bible, Eden is located east of Israel, where the Tigris, Euphrates, Pison, and Gihon rivers meet. The latter two rivers have long been considered mere fable; however, recent satellite photography suggests they did in fact exist in Iraq. In this captivating program, learn how traditions of a paradise lost are surprisingly common and consistent across many cultures, and sift through the scientific evidence to determine whether today s technology can go as far as proving the Garden s existence.

Featuring cutting-edge satellite imagery and interviews with renowned scholars, MYSTERIES OF THE GARDEN OF EDEN decodes an age-old story about how paradise was lost, and where it might be found.

Both of these documentaries "Time Life Lost Civilizations - Mesopotamia: Return to Eden" and the “Mysteries of the Garden of Eden” are available on DVD from Amazon Books.

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