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Karen Armstrong talks to Melvyn Bragg

The Great Transformation

Hay Festival 2006 , 
Between 800 and 300 BC there was an explosion of new religious concepts fundamentally transforming our understanding of what it is to be human. But why did Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jeremiah, Lao Tzu and others all emerge in this 500-year span? And why do they have such similar ideas about humanity?
Karen Armstrong talks to Melvyn Bragg