Evolution of western culture.

Episode Guide

  • Civilisation - Heroic Materialism (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Heroic Materialism

    In the modern world technological advances evolve rapidly; civilization continues to painstakingly advance.

  • Civilisation - The Fallacies of Hope (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    The Fallacies of Hope

    The dreams of the 18th century are blasted by a new reality, cynicism, discovering and depicting the harshness and betrayals of the 19th century.

  • Civilisation - The Worship of Nature (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    The Worship of Nature

    The belief in man's natural goodness and the worship of nature has replaced Christianity as the creative force in Western civilization.

  • Civilisation - The Smile of Reason (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    The Smile of Reason

    Art and sculpture of the 18th century reflect an age content with the powers of reason and moderation.

  • Civilisation - The Pursuit of Happiness (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    The Pursuit of Happiness

    The rococo style embodies melodious flow, complex symmetry, decorative invention, in short, the pursuit of happiness.

  • Civilisation - The Light of Experience (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Light of Experience

    The Dutch are the first to grasp the revolutionary change in thought that replaced divine authority with experience, observation and experiment.

  • Civilisation - Grandeur & Obedience (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Grandeur & Obedience

    The Church of Rome becomes a great spiritual force in the Baroque era; artists promote unity of body and spirit.

  • Civilisation - Protest & Communication (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Protest & Communication

    At the close of the 15th century, Gutenberg's printing press spreads the influence of such men as Martin Luther, Erasmus and Thomas More.

  • Civilisation - The Hero as Artist (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Hero as Artist

    Pope Julius II inspires Michelangelo, Raphael and Bramante; Leonardo da Vinci presents a cold view of humanity.

  • Civilisation - Man: The Measure of All Things (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Man: The Measure of All Things

    The early 15th century marks the emergence of modern man, no longer the servant of God, but creator of his own world.

  • Civilisation - Romance and Reality (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Romance and Reality

    The Gothic world is exemplified by chivalry, courtly love, Dante's poetry, Giotto's painting and the emergence of woman as an ideal.

  • Civilisation - The Great Thaw (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Great Thaw

    The cathedral of Chartres combines elements of order and restlessness; compassion resurges in the 12th century.

  • Civilisation - The Skin of Our Teeth (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    The Skin of Our Teeth

    Christianity and the preservation of classical artworks spurred the resurgence of Europe after the Roman Empire fell.

  • Civilisation - Overview of Series

    Overview of Series

    Kenneth Clark presents a compilation of excerpts summarizing the accomplishments and faults of man through the ages.