|01||The Tongue That Wouldn't Die||20040804|
Syriac, the language of early Christianity, and later of the great translators of Baghdad, who took Greek learning into Arabic. Some books say that Syriac is now dead, fossilised in church liturgy and classical literature. This programme follows Martin Wainwright on a quest to see if Syriac is still a living language, a journey which takes him to the ancient Christian monasteries of South East Turkey.
|02||The Archbishop's Army||20040811|
"The Archbishop's Army" is about the translators of Toledo, the twelfth century scholars who headed to Spain from all over Europe in search of Arabic learning. Toledo was on the frontier between Christendom and Islam, and provided Arabic speakers, texts in Arabic, and a wealthy archbishop willing to sponsor the translators. This programme tells the story of the key players, and discovers how much of Toledo's Islamic heritage survives in the city today.