"From the fury of the Northmen, O Lord deliver us." Host John Craven examines the known provocations for this 10th-century Western European prayer referring to the Vikings. Evidence about Viking characteristics turns up during visits to Norway and the Shetland Islands of Scotland.
Archaeological findings that seem to authenticate the legend of the Cretan labyrinth where Theseus fought the Minotaur are described in a studio program. Jan Parker illustrated the storytelling segment. John Craven is the host.
The legends about Atlantis are reviewed and assessed in light of a discovery made beneath layers of volcanic dust on a Greek island, a site visited by host John Craven. Jan Parker designed the illustrations.
A trip to England to uncover the roots of the many legends that grew around the name of King Arthur. Host John Craven visits Winchester and Glastonbury to find out whether Arthur actually existed, and how the Round Table and the Holy Grail became part of the legends.
A visit to the site of the ancient city of Jericho, supposedly destroyed by Joshua and the Israelites around the 14th century B.C. Host John Craven surveys evidence that the city was destroyed suddenly, analyzes the data and gives a modern interpretation of artifacts.
Ancient Asia Minor boasted two kings, Croesus and Midas, whose proverbial wealth was based in fact. Their extant riches are glimpsed in Turkey, where an archaeologist shows host John Craven the fruits of excavations he made. Jan Brychta designed the illustrations for this program.