Vol. 1 : Mesopotamia: The roots of the world's major religions lie in the valleys of Mesopotamia's Fertile Crescent. Here archaeologists are digging for the sites of Biblical stories and unearthing clues to the dawn of civilization. Ancient Egypt: With the opening of the tomb of Tutankhamen, the world was provided with details of the ancient civilization of Egypt. In the land of the pharaohs a culture existed that believed in eternal life for all, from farmer to aristocracy. Now archaeologists are discovering the mysteries of the ancients, from preparing a mummy for burial to the technology necessary to raise enormous stone buildings. Aegean: Archaeologists are unearthing data that may support the existence of the island Atlantis, once thought to be only a legend. This is an exploration of the area that is considered to be the cradle of western culture. Vol. 2: Greece: 500 years before the birth of Christ, the small city-states of Greece began a period of cultural excellence, and none was more advanced than Athens. Discover the architectural, intellectual and artistic achievements of the period, and the elements that led to the end of the glorious "moment of excellence." China: Study the "dynasties of power" from the 2nd century B.C. through the rise of the first emperor to discover the achievements of ancient China. While uniting a vast land the Chinese built the 2,600-mile Great Wall, invented paper, printing, the compass and the world's first system of justice. Rome: Rome developed from a town on the Tiber River to a formidable power that dominated the world as it was known. See what researchers have discovered about life in ancient Rome, from the harsh life of a legionnaire on guard at Hadrian's Wall to the gladiators in the Colosseum. Vol. 3: The Maya: While Europe was in the midst of the Dark Ages, the Maya of Central America were developing a culture responsible for a complicated writing system, mathematic and astrological calculations, and archeological marvels. Explore ruins in the jungles of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala to understand a people both sophisticated and bloodthirsty and a society that collapsed with mysterious speed. The Inca: Learn about the legendary kingdom of the Incas and the achievements of their society, including medical skills, engineering and architectural marvels, and much more. Vol. 4: Africa: Because the white settlers of Africa couldn't believe that natives were responsible for the once great kingdoms of Great Zimbabwe and the Swahili Coast, these ancient cultures were either credited to wandering Phoenicians, the Queen of Sheba, or other white travelers. Now the place where human history began is being reclaimed by descendants of those lost cultures, and the glories of their accomplishments are revealed. Tibet: Isolated by the Himalayas, Tibet has developed a culture centered on lives of altruism, the worship of the Dalai Lama as the manifestation of god on earth, and a perception of life as a repeating cycle. Now, however, modern life is intruding and the Tibetans' quest for peace, inner knowledge, and nirvana may cease to exist.