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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.
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 17 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Jamie
If you liked the History Channel before they got that Ancient Alien crap and American Pickers, than this is perfect for you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret D
If you are into this there are many details not covered in mainstream retellings. My boyfriend loves them.Published 1 month ago by Missqtpie