We are thrilled to welcome one of the country’s most beloved TV historians, Neil Oliver, to St Andrews. Since qualifying as an archaeologist in 1988, Neil has worked tirelessly to uncover the wonders of history. BBC2’s Two Men in a Trench introduced Neil to a wider audience, and through countless series—not least Coast, History of Scotland, and Vikings—he has cemented his place in the culture as our foremost guide to the past.
In Wisdom of the Ancients, Neil scours lost cultures and forgotten civilisations for wisdom that has been buried by time. Asking questions about where we have come from, and what role we must play in the world, this is a work of master storytelling and immense knowledge. Neil condenses his discoveries into the twelve most enduring and essential lessons handed down to us from history.