Civilizations

The Second Moment of Creation

Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity itself. Images and artifacts found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and South America testify to the urge to develop civilizations. Liev Schreiber narrates.

The Second Moment of Creation

53m 16s

Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity itself. Images and artifacts found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and South America testify to the urge to develop civilizations. Liev Schreiber narrates.

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    The Protector of Civilization

    S1 E1 - 2m 45s

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    The Cognitive Revolution

    S1 E1 - 1m 49s

    The cognitive revolution stirred early humanity from its creative slumber, and the images it produced continue to humble even our greatest modern artists, including Pablo Picasso.

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    The Lady of Brassempouy

    S1 E1 - 1m 38s

    Host Simon Schama argues this 25,000 year-old sculpture found in France represents the dawn of the idea of beauty.

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