Tons of Gold and Healing Snakes

When Alexander's empire split into four one of his generals looked for a safe place for his share of the loot - 305 tons of gold! Then he fell for a woman's wiles and the guardian of the gold realised that his life was in danger. The answer? He set up his own kingdom, financed by the gold.

The fascinating story of Pergamon - the king who cheated at augury, the plaster-headed Gauls, the embargo on papyrus, the first Latin grammar, and many more rivetting tales - is told in this illustrated lecture.

Running time: 60 mins.

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