In search of Myths and Heroes + Alexander the Great [BBC DVD]

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Historian Michael Wood explores Shangri-la, the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba and the Holy Grail and traces the expedition of Alexander the Great.



A special edition box set with two great BBC documentaries aired on BBC TV in the UK and PBS in the USA. They were made by Michael Wood, an English historian and broadcaster who is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was awarded an honorary degree by Sunderland University in 2009. Michael Wood has made over 80 documentary films and has written numerous books on English history.

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award in 2005 (Best Documentary DVD).

The films are presented in a box set of 4 DVD discs. See the plot summaries and other details under Additional information.

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Michael Wood (Host)


Box set, Colour PAL

Main soundtrack

English or Greek (selectable), Dolby Digital 2.0


OFF or Greek (selectable)


Region 2: Europe (except Russia, Ukraine and Belarus), Western Asia, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, French overseas territories, Greenland

Aspect ratio

In Search of Myths and Heroes: 16:9
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: 4:3

Number of discs





2 Entertain Video

Release date

In Search of Myths and Heroes: 18 Apr 2005 in the UK
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: 1 Aug 2005 in the UK

Run time

470 minutes (7 hours 50 mins)



List of episodes

Discs 1 and 2 - In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

Episode 1: Son of God
Episode 2: Lord of Asia
Episode 3: Across the Hindu Kush
Episode 4: To the Ends of the Earth

"To this day no one has traced the whole of Alexander's great journey on the ground--that was my plan." Despite Michael Wood's enormous effort, modern politics prevented him from realizing his goal. Yet this British historian and creator of more than 60 documentaries has come closer to doing so than any of his illustrious predecessors, including the great early twentieth-century British explorer Sir Aurel Stein and the indefatigable mid-century traveler Freya Stark, both of whom intensively explored portions of Alexander's route. We are grateful to have the record of Wood's journey across Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and India. It is to his credit that only in Iraq was he prevented by the authorities from following the ground trod by Alexander's army. There were also political difficulties in Greece, Israel, and Egypt, but Wood managed to overcome them...

Read the full article in archaeology

Discs 3 and 4 - In Search of Myths and Heroes

Episode 1: Jason and The Golden Fleece

The tale of Jason, the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece is one of the oldest stories in all of Greek myth. In this episode, Michael Wood traces the route of Jason and his famous boat, the Argo, along its route from Greece to Turkey and Georgia. The story of Jason can be traced back to the town of Volos in modern day Greece. The probable site of ancient Iolkos, it was here that King Pelias feared Jason a contender to this throne and so sent him on an impossible mission to finish him off. The mission was to travel to the far away kingdom of Colchis — in the Black Sea — to retrieve the magical Golden Fleece that had been taken there. But Jason proved courageous and strong and set out on an epic route...

Episode 2: Arthur The Once and Future King

Wood explores the greatest British myth: the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Traveling round the Celtic world from Cornwall to Wales, Brittany, Ireland and Scotland, Wood uncovers the extraordinary story of how a shadowy Welsh freedom fighter — a Dark Age Che Guevara — became a medieval superman, and finally the model of a Christian hero...

Episode 3: The Queen of Sheba

Michael Wood begins his quest with an exotic and mysterious woman of power — the Queen of Sheba. Immortalized in the Hebrew Bible, the Muslim Koran and in many Christian traditions, the tale of the Queen's journey to Jerusalem to meet (and sleep with) King Solomon has been told and retold for nearly 3,000 years. Wood's journey starts on Easter night in Jerusalem and takes him round the Red Sea to Egypt, Eritrea and Ethiopia, and the lost world of Axum, the little-known first civilization of Black Africa. In the Yemen, he explores the stunning monuments of Marib, the earliest civilization of Arabia...

Episode 4: Shangri-La

Wood's search for Shangri-La takes him on a thrilling trek through India, Nepal and Tibet. The tale of the magical hidden valley of Shangri-La was popularized in the 1930s by James Hilton in his novel, Lost Horizon. But, the story of a lost kingdom behind the Himalayas free from war and suffering is descended from a much older Indian myth. When Europeans first caught wind of the tale back in the 16th Century, they set about trying to discover it...

Read full description of each episode in PBS





  • SKU: MOV-DOC-HIS-1003

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