Story Of Europe

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Satur­day, sbs, 8.35pm

If a lazy Satur­day night in with a thought­pro­vok­ing, in­tel­li­gent Bri­tish doc­u­men­tary is your idea of the per­fect evening, then this fas­tid­i­ous doco has your name on it. Pre­sented by his­to­rian Sir Christo­pher Clark, who hap­pens to be Aussie, each episode ex­plores a dif­fer­ent chap­ter in Europe’s his­tory. It all kicks off where it should, with “Ori­gins And Iden­tity”. Clark trav­els to an­cient Greece and digs into the story of the kid­nap­ping of the Phoeni­cian princess Europa by the Greek god fa­ther Zeus. In “Be­liefs And Ideas’, the piv­otal role of re­li­gion is ex­plored and how, be­fore Chris­tian­ity, Ju­daism spread through­out the

Ro­man Em­pire.

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