Archaeologist and historian Dr Richard Miles (Department of Classics and Ancient History) has been interviewed for the Guardian’s ‘Bright Ideas’ series. Richard is Author of the book Ancient Worlds: The Search for the Origins of Western Civilization, also a soon-to-be-screened BBC series.
Richard is interviewed about his views on civilisation and its history…
Civilisation as a term suggests human agency. Things don’t come together organically. There are winners and losers – and human will created the world we live in. It is the way in which people have articulated how and why they wanted to live in communities. It’s about how we imagine the perfect community.
Congratulations to Richard on the book and the series.