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Lost Kingdoms of Africa

Series Description

Four epic journeys into ancient Africa’s art and culture.

Now home to more than a billion people, Africa produced powerful art, stunning architecture, and vibrant cultures long before the first Europeans arrived. Join Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford as he investigates the continent’s great “forgotten” civilizations. Visit the spectacular monuments of Nubia, explore the mysterious ruins of Great Zimbabwe, and discover the art and technology of ancient Benin. See magnificent Ethiopian monasteries carved out of solid rock, and hear spellbinding stories drawn from the silent objects of the past.

This eye-opening, four-part series reaches back, long before written history, to expose realms that rivaled Egypt, buildings as inspiring as medieval cathedrals, and art that still speaks to us across the centuries. Most of all, it casts new light on a long-neglected part of our world’s cultural heritage.


About the Host

British art historian and former executive director of arts strategy for Arts Council England, Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford has presented award-winning documentaries and advised the arts councils of Norway, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United Nations.