Wednesday, June 22 at 10:00 p.m.
Lost Ships of Rome
In 2009 a team of marine archeologists carrying out a sonar survey of the seabed around the remote Italian island of Ventotene made an astonishing discovery. The wrecks of five ancient Roman ships were found in pristine condition, each one fully laden with exotic goods. Remarkably, much of the cargo remained exactly as the ancient Roman crews had loaded it, suggesting that these ships had not capsized but had gone to the bottom of the sea intact and upright. What happened to these ancient ships? What were they carrying and why had they traveled to this remote, rocky island in the first place?
Wednesday, June 22 at 11:00 p.m.
Blackbeard's Lost Ship
Off the coast of North Carolina, a group of marine archaeologists has discovered the remains of the Queen Anne's Revenge , the pirate Blackbeard's flagship. Their careful preservation and analysis of the remains - including cannons, guns, anchors, even gold - are helping to solve the biggest mystery about the infamous pirate's reign: Was the ship's sinking an accident or was the grounding a carefully laid plot by Blackbeard to double-cross his men and steal the treasure for himself? Three hundred years later, SECRETS OF THE DEAD reveals the true story.
Wednesday, June 29 at 11:00 p.m.
Throughout his masterful career, Michelangelo glorified the church, etching Catholic ideals into the sculptures and artwork that defined religion for the masses. Now, 500 years after his death, art historian Antonio Forcellino has found evidence of Michelangelo's involvement with a clandestine fellowship trying to reform the Catholic Church from within. Michelangelo's involvement put him at dangerous odds with powerful officials who held his livelihood - and life - in their hands. "Michelangelo Revealed" paints a stunning new picture of brave religious expression, personal vendettas, careful cover-ups and a most gifted artist desperately trying to reconcile his loyalty to the church with his own personal belief about the road to salvation.
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