The MacGyver Moves of Ancient Empires

How did Egyptians actually build those gigantic pyramids? Why did ancient Chinese engineers design the batten sail? Learn more about history's great engineering feats in this playlist.

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What the Ancients Knew II: Ancient Greek Health Spas

The Asclepius sanctuary was the pre-cursor to the modern day health spa. Learn more about ancient Greece in this clip from the Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew" series.


The Asclepius sanctuary was the pre-cursor to the modern day health spa. Learn more about ancient Greece in this clip from the Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew" series.
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What the Ancients Knew II: Ancient Greek Health Spas

The Ancient Romans had many advantages on the battlefield. Learn about some of their advanced weapons on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Advanced Roman Weaponry

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," Dennis Stocks, an expert on ancient tools, explains how Egyptians created tools to measure the preciseness of their building techniques.
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What the Ancients Knew: Ancient Egyptian Building Tools

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," learn how the Ancient Egyptians drilled holes in granite rocks.
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What the Ancients Knew: Ancient Egyptian Drill

Get a quick overview of the beginning of Ancient Rome on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Beginning of Ancient Rome

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," host Jack Turner discusses the steps of building a pyramid.
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What the Ancients Knew: Building a Pyramid

See how this ancient Chinese clock was able to capture time. Learn more about the clock developed during the Tsung Dynasty on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Chinese Armillary Clock

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," learn about the Chinese invention of batten sails and how they have influenced the way modern sailboats are made.
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What the Ancients Knew: Chinese Batten Sail

Handmade kites are still a booming business in their country of origin, China. Learn about the invention of kites and how they were used in war hundreds of years ago on the Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Chinese Kits

The Chinese built the first magnetic compass. The invention allowed sailors to travel long distances to visit other continents such as Africa. Learn more about the Chinese magnetic compass on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Chinese Magnetic Compass

The Ancient Chinese were printing long before the West. Learn how the Chinese invented the first movable type and why it was abandoned on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Chinese Methods of Printing

Around 1150 AD, the worlds first rocket was created in China. Learn more about the evolution of the rocket on The Science Channel's "What The Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Chinese Rockets

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," see how the invention of the seismoscope enabled the Ancient Chinese to know when an earthquake was coming.
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What the Ancients Knew: Chinese Seismoscopes

The German city of Cologne was highly influenced by the Ancient Romans as evidenced by the aqueducts in the city. Learn more about the aqueducts on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Cologne's Aqueducts

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," host Jack Turner takes a tour of an Ancient Egyptian tomb and learns about the features such as the false door, which was to allow the spirits of the deceased to return to visit their living relatives.
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What the Ancients Knew: Egyptian Mastabah False Door

The barren environment of the Egyptian desert inspired its people to create ornamental gardens, making flowers a part of their culture. Learn more about The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Egyptian Ornamental Gardens

On The Science Channel's "What The Ancients Knew," host Jack Turner discusses the origins of perfume in Ancient Egypt.
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What The Ancients Knew: Egyptian Perfume

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," host Jack Turner learns hows the Ancient Egyptians used methods such as the cutting, moving and shaping of rocks to create the pyramids.
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What the Ancients Knew: Egyptian Stone Work Technique

The Ancient Egyptians wanted to be able to tell time to better organize their day, so they created the sundial. Learn about the sundial on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Egyptian Sundials

Egyptians created mummies to preserve the body so the spirit could go on to the after life. Mummies tell us a lot about ancient Egyptian's life, death and medicine. Learn more about mummies on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Egyptian Undertaker's Art

The Ancient Egyptians divided each season into four months and developed a 360 day calendar. Learn more about the Ancient Egyptians on The Science Channel's "What The Ancients Knew."
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What The Ancients Knew: Egyptians and Three Seasons

Jack Turner, host of the Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," discusses the evolution of the pyramids.
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What the Ancients Knew: Evolution of the Pyramid

Discover healing the Ancient Greek way -- through sanctuaries to honor Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and by going to and performing at the theater. Learn more about ancient Greek healing techniques on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Healing in Ancient Greece

Jack Turner, host of The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," takes us inside a pyramid to review the structural components.
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What the Ancients Knew: Inside a Pyramid

The invention of the crossbow changed warfare forever. Learn how the Chinese invented it on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Invention of the Crossbow

Nilometer was what the Egyptians used to measure the rise and fall of the Nile River. Learn more about this method on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Nilometer

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," learn how the Indians discovered the concept of zero.
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What the Ancients Knew: Origin of Zero

On The Science Channel's "What The Ancients Knew," host Jack Turner learns how crews organized themselves to build the pyramids.
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What The Ancients Knew: Pyramid Crews

Jack Turner, host of the Science Channel's "What The Ancients Knew, gets an explanation on the builders of the pyramids.
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What The Ancients Knew: Pyramid Work Force

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," see and learn about the construction and significance of the roads that were built by the Ancient Romans.
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What the Ancients Knew: Roads of Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome contained nine aqueducts which delivered 46 million gallons of water to the city every day. Learn more about aqueducts in Ancient Rome on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Roman Aqueducts

Without architectural innovations such as the arch and the vault, there would be no Rome. Learn about the significance of the arch and vault on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Roman Architecture

Romans used catapults to attack their enemies. Learn more in this video from The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Roman Cannon Balls

On the Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," find out how the Romans created the building block of all cities: cement.
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What the Ancients Knew: Roman Cement

Romans used tools invented by others and improved them to fit their needs. Here's an example of one of their engineering tools -- the groma. Learn how the groma was used on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Roman Engineering Tools

Ancient Rome had one of the first prototypes of industrialization. Learn more about mass production and the Roman water powered flour factory on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Roman Mass Production

Get a glance of the Roman plumbing system that ensured public health in the big city on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Roman Plumbing

Learn the importance of trading in Ancient Roman society on the Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Roman Trade

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," see how Chinese people stimulate their life force by practicing tai chi.
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What the Ancients Knew: Tai Chi

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancient's Knew," learn about the Archimedes screw, an invention used by the Ancient Egyptians to draw water from the Nile River to irrigate their fields.
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What the Ancients Knew: The Archimedes Screw

On The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew," learn how the Ancient Chinese gave birth to modern astronomy with the invention of the armillary sphere.
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What the Ancients Knew: The Chinese Armillary Sphere

The Roman Coliseum had some amazing technology including working elevators. See how they worked on the Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: The Coliseum's Elevators

Learn how the Ancient Romans have inspired civilizations throughout the centuries on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: The Influential Ancient Romans

Watch as a team reconstructs the Roman Balistia, a catapult that was used by the Ancient Romans. Learn more about the technology and weapons of the Ancient Romans on the Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: The Roman Catapult

What made the Roman military so successful? See the types of weapons they used on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: The Roman Military

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