Alexander's Lost World

Tracing the cultures encountered by the Greek legendary warrior

The city of Lady Moon

Sadly the videos were on youtube but it seems now that they're only available from various retailers and pay to view channels. Alexander’s Lost World is a series co-produced with David Adams Films and Sky Vision. Travelling through the most remote regions of Afghanistan over a period of five years, Adams researched and filmed the series. He lived like everyday Afghans gaining a unique insight into the people and their culture.

Following the course of the River Oxus (Amu Darya) for the first time, David Adams takes viewers on an extraordinary 1,500-mile (2400 km) journey through war-torn Afghanistan and Central Asia looking for the legendary city of Bactra (Bactria) and an ancient civilisation existing prior to  the Indus Valley and Egypt at a time when Europe was still in the stone age.

The Ancient Greeks have long been credited for bringing ‘civilization’ to the East. In fact it appears to be the other way round. Alexander the Great discovers a highly developed civilization (a lost world) that pre-dated even the Persians.

As Adams unravels the mysteries of the Oxus Civilizations, its great fortress cities are dramatically recreated in stunning CGI. Travelling through the most remote regions of Afghanistan unarmed, Adams and his Cameraman live as everyday Afghans gaining a most unique insight into the people and our shared heritage.

While the Ancient Greeks have long been credited for bringing ‘civilization’ to the East, this series shows how Alexander the Great discovered a highly developed civilization that pre-dated even the Persians and one must wonder at the relationship these peoples had with the nearby Indus Civilisation.

These videos have been removed from youtube
Part one; A portrait of climate change across  Central Asia with the region beginning to dry out from the end of the last ice age. Did Jason and the Argonaughts sail by the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea to the Aral Sea then up the Oxus River?
This seems very likely and here's a note on the Oxus river route to the Med

Part two; Crossing into Afghanistan in search of the lost city of Bactra (Bactria), David Adams uses the Ancient Greek accounts as a guide to try and locate the fabled Central Asian Capital. Long thought to be the citadel of Balkh, the Greek accounts appear to describe a different city entirely. In the markets beneath the citadel, he finds evidence to suggest Bactra may lie out towards the Oxus River at the end of a great delta. Entering Taliban territory, David and his cameraman, Greg, discover the remains of a vast defensive network of walls and fortresses more than 2,500 years old. Then a chance meeting leads David into the legendary Paraopamisus Mountains of the Greeks. Entering Taliban territory once again, he follows a system of archaic tunnels that lead into a remote valley. As he explores an abandoned archaeological dig site, he considers the Greek records carefully – is this the lost city of Bactra?

Part three; David travels along Alexander’s route of conquest through Uzbekistan and with an eccentric archaeologist explores an excavated city, discovers a truth about the marriage of Alexander to Roxanne. Travelling with the Tajik army, he gains entry through the border defences of the former USSR to reach what many believe is Alexandria on the Oxus.

Part four; Discovering the fortress of Qy-i-Zal, the city of Lady Moon (Ai Khanoum), an Indian trading post dated to 2200BC, a great canal and a great flood.

Part five; The Jason story, the worlds only lapis Lazuli mine. Into the Pamirs and Hindu Kush.

Part six The Wakhan Corridor, more on climate change, an ancient people who may have migrated into North India, how the region was once part of Tibet, invaded by China and seeking the source of the Oxus.

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