Africa's Great Civilizations

Beginning with Africa's ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures.

Mon, Sep 14 3:00 P.M. Origins/The Cross and the Crescent     NH WORLD

Journey with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent.

Tue, Sep 15 3:00 P.M. The Cross and the Crescent     NH WORLD

Gates charts the rise of Christianity and Islam, whose economic and cultural influence stretched from Egypt to Ethiopia.

Wed, Sep 16 3:00 P.M. Empires of Gold/Cities     NH WORLD

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early north and west Africa from deserted lands into the continent's wealthiest kingdoms and learning centers.

Thu, Sep 17 3:00 P.M. Cities     NH WORLD

Gates explores the power of Africa's greatest ancient cities, including Kilwa, Great Zimbabwe and Benin City, whose wealth, art and industry successes attracted new European interest and interaction along the continent's east and west coasts.

Mon, Sep 21 3:00 P.M. The Atlantic Age/Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations     NH WORLD

Gates explores the impact of the Atlantic trading world, giving rise to powerful new kingdoms, but also transatlantic slave trade.

Tue, Sep 22 3:00 P.M. Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations     NH WORLD

Gates explores the dynamism of 19th-century Africa, the "scramble" by European powers for its riches, and the defiant and successful stand of uncolonized Ethiopia.


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Africa's Great Civilizations By Episode

  • Origins/The Cross and the Crescent (#101)

    Journey with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent.

  • Origins/The Cross and the Crescent (#101)

    Journey with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent.

  • The Cross and the Crescent (#102)

    Gates charts the rise of Christianity and Islam, whose economic and cultural influence stretched from Egypt to Ethiopia.

  • Empires of Gold/Cities (#103)

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early north and west Africa from deserted lands into the continent's wealthiest kingdoms and learning centers.

  • The Atlantic Age/Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations (#103)

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early north and west Africa from deserted lands into the continent's wealthiest kingdoms and learning centers.

  • Cities (#104)

    Gates explores the power of Africa's greatest ancient cities, including Kilwa, Great Zimbabwe and Benin City, whose wealth, art and industry successes attracted new European interest and interaction along the continent's east and west coasts.

  • The Atlantic Age/Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations (#105)

    Gates explores the impact of the Atlantic trading world, giving rise to powerful new kingdoms, but also transatlantic slave trade.

  • Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations (#106)

    Gates explores the dynamism of 19th-century Africa, the "scramble" by European powers for its riches, and the defiant and successful stand of uncolonized Ethiopia.



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