Cuneiform tablets preserved in the fire that devastated the Mesopotamian city of Ebla offer an extraordinary insight into life 4,000 years ago.
Iran, despite its conquest by the armies of Islam, retained its own Persian language and much of its culture. Khodadad Rezakhani examines the process by which a Zoroastrian empire became part of the Islamic world.
Many of the world’s languages derive from a single source. Harry Ritchie tells the story of Proto-Indo-European.
Before its untimely end this once great city was the centre of a vast and powerful civilisation.
Charles Bawden discusses the shifting borders and evolving cultures of the Mongolian nation.