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The majority of the series devotes episodes to the rise of the Olympian gods, beginning with Zeus's battle with his father, Kronos, and the Titans. Images of Zeus with a ridiculous white lightning bolt painted across his face repeat ad nauseam throughout to supposedly show how Zeus took control of mortal earth until consumed by his "uncontrollable sex drive." Likewise, the episode "Hercules" depicts a well-oiled man in tight underwear roaming the desert to elucidate how he is the world's "ultimate superhero." Only scholars like Tom Stone, who humorously likens Hercules to Babe Ruth, or Michael Fontaine from Cornell University, do any justice to the exploration of metaphorical connections between Hercules's 12-challenge quest and the ordeals humans were experiencing when the myth was popular. "Minotaur" better achieves its aim to link truths to the myth, by linking historical wars between the Cretans and Athenians to the horrific tale of the man-eating Cretan beast, deemed Athenian propaganda by historians like David George at Saint Anselm College. Also meaningful is the narrative thread in this episode about Theseus's dual fathers, one mortal and one god, and the fantastic connection between historical politicians, such as Alexander the Great, who believed that they too were conceived of two men. While "Medusa," the two-episode "Odysseus," and "Beowulf" do zilch to enlighten beyond basic redundant storytelling, the lamest episode of all is "Tolkien's Monsters," a heavy-handed look at how J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth was inspired by his days in the trenches during World War I. While the information in this series is informative and interesting, simulated drama and footage that repeats as if the History Channel ran out of material to edit in makes for possibly the worst series on mythology out there. Save your money and read the books instead. --Trinie Dalton
I am a high school teacher and my kids on the whole liked this series a lot and learned a great deal.
The mentioned shows are close to the stories, and having the other experts making comments are fun, making it seem that the stories are really part of history.
Excellent review and visual aid for my students as we read, "The Odyssey." I am very pleased with the quality of this product.
A good mix of entertainment and expert analysis - I learned a lot, and it kept me engaged the entire time.Published 2 months ago by Melissa Gebhard
I loved this series and watch it all of the time. Very engaging and enjoyable, especially if you are a fan of history/mythology like myself.Published 2 months ago by Judith M. Young
I bought this for informing my son. It was kind of a waste of time and money.Published 3 months ago by Krista Muenzer
Watch this long ago on the history channel I had to get it I love the all the story lines on this if your a mythology buff like me must have in your collection.Published 3 months ago by Garrett O. Stewart
Not good, don't waste your money. History could have done a much better job on this.Published 4 months ago by Matt