Living With The Gods: The BBC Radio 4 Series


Neil MacGregor, former Director of the British Museum, returns to Radio 4 to present this landmark 30-part series, beginning on 23 October 2017. Throughout the radio series, Neil draws upon objects and curatorial insights from the British Museum and beyond, with a focus on two or three objects in each programme.

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A 30-part landmark series for BBC Radio 4, written and presented by Neil MacGregor

‘The new blockbuster by the museums maestro Neil MacGregor … The man who chronicles world history through objects is back … examining a new set of objects to explore the theme of faith in society’ Sunday Times

In this major new BBC radio series, Neil MacGregor investigates the role and expression of shared beliefs through time and around the world.

Using specially selected objects from the British Museum and beyond, talking to experts from various disciplines and visiting key locations from the river Ganges to Jerusalem, he examines how rituals and systems of belief have shaped our societies. Looking at communities from the distant past to the present day, both in Europe and worldwide, his focus moves from the beginnings of belief and the elemental worship of fire, water and the sun, through festivals, pilgrimages and sacrifices, to power struggles and political battles between faiths and states.

Among the objects featured are the Lion Man, a small ivory sculpture which is about 40,000 years old; a 16th century ivory and gold qibla, used to find the direction of Mecca; and the Lampedusa Cross, made from pieces of a refugee boat wrecked off the Italian coast in 2013.

Produced by BBC Radio 4 in partnership with the British Museum, this enlightening series explores humanity’s enduring need to believe, belong and connect with the cosmos.

Duration: 6 hours 50 mins.

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Weight 0.175 kg
Dimensions 14.5 × 14 × 1.2 cm










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