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History of Language (02:30)


Six thousand years before Paul Revere's midnight ride, nomads of Central Asia began taming wild horses. The use of the horse helped spread language from Central Asia to the rest of the globe.

History of Fashion (02:05)

In Ancient Rome, citizens traditionally wore tunics. When warriors began riding horses into battle, people from various regions began wearing pants.

Man's Best Friend (01:43)

The horse became an important asset to humankind because of their size, strength, speed, and endurance.

A Vehicle of Conquest (01:24)

Alexander the Great, a king and conqueror, was a skilled horse trainer. Horses allowed leaders and warriors to create massive empires.

Speed of Communication (03:54)

Researchers believe the size of many great ancient empires was determined by the length a horse could travel. The Mongol's controlled so much land it took a year for some messages to get to the outer regions of the empire.

American Horses (04:10)

The ancestors of modern horses moved to the plains as damp forests evolved into grasslands. They encountered the first Americans who did not use horses as transportation but as a food source.

Energy Revolution (03:57)

Horses gain energy by eating wild grass which contains cellulose. Humans harness the power of the sun through the use of horses and technology.

Credits: Horse Power Revolution (00:31)

Credits: Horse Power Revolution

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Horse Power Revolution

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The horse has been a revolutionary animal in unexpected ways. It has changed how we speak, what we wear, and sets the hidden limit for the size of our most massive empires. It's a story that spans the cosmos, from the Big Bang, to the Sun.

Length: 22 minutes

Item#: BVL160870

Copyright date: ©2013

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