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Greek Island Odyssey with Bettany Hughes: 105 (S1EP5 Channel 5 Fri 10 Jul 2020)

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The historian arrives in the Peloponnese, a peninsula regarded as home to some of ancient Greece’s most legendary kings and vicious warriors. To understand the violent world in which the myths and legends are set, Bettany visits the bones of a 19-year-old-warrior who died more than 3,500 years ago. Healed sword marks and a large hole in his skull are a testament to his environment. In Sparta, the home town of Helen of Troy, Bettany discovers what made the region’s warriors so feared, before heading to Mycenae, likely home to the kings and queens that inspired the story of the Trojan War.

Airdate: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 9.00pm on Channel 5

Season 1 Episode 5