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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
Clash of the Gods is a great aide to explaining the workings of mythology to teenagers.
Excellent review and visual aid for my students as we read, "The Odyssey." I am very pleased with the quality of this product.
All of the episodes have extremely outdated information and conclusions and completely made up "facts".
If you're into mythology CLASH OF THE GODS is breath-taking, eye-opening, WONDERFUL.Published 14 days ago by pwc99
Great has the overview of each myth as well as some added history. Great dvd!!!Published 15 days ago by ness
I have been wanting this set for a while and am tickled I found it for a great price. Came sealed and in perfect condition. Awesome addition to my documentary collection.Published 20 days ago by alaina smith
Great set, even with the repetition for the television commercial breaks. The violence is CG, but may be a bit much for the younger kids. Perfect for high school on up.Published 1 month ago by Richard C.
I love this series, as it is one of the only series that truly focuses on the stories of the gods. It is very in depth, stays close to the myths of the people and things told... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Forrest Salgado
The production values are a bit lacking and there's a great deal of crossover from one episode to the next. I'd hoped for more. :-(Published 2 months ago by Jamie