Ancient Greece - Traditions of Greek Culture
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These illuminating programs, filmed on location across Greece, present the religion, architecture, art and customs of Greek culture which have survived throughout its 4000 year history. The programs give the modern viewer a fresh perspective into the many facets of ancient Greek culture in a DVD format which is visually and intellectually appealing. This unique DVD presentation affords us the opportunity to witness the traditions which are the foundations of Western Civilizations. Includes: Art In Ancient Greece, Mining In Ancient Greece, Bacchus, The God of Wine, Firewalking in Greece.
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1. It's four separate ~30 minute episodes in one DVD. You can easily watch one or all four in a single sitting.
2. It covers topics that often are not addressed in other documentaries about ancient Greece. Most of the other's cover specific historical events and things like the birth of Philosophy or Homer's works. While this one attempts to explore the less covered aspects of ancient Greece.
3. It shows some traditions that are still done today that are left over from the ancient Greek traditions and are still practiced as such, unchanged by time.
1. The separateness of each episode does not flow well into each other as a whole.
2. The whole thing moves at a somewhat slow pace and can be very dry and boring at times which seems inconsistent with presenting a documentary on a culture which was live and vibrant. Moreover it makes watching all four episodes in one sitting a very difficult thing to do.
3. The visual quality of the DVD is not that great. It has a dated feel to it, if I hadn't seen it's date as being from 1994 I'd probably have guessed it was filmed in the 80's. At times it seems more like it was shot on a home video camera as opposed to being a professional production.
4. The voice is too monotone throughout the entire production which I think is what adds to the feeling of boredom in the whole series.
Overall, I probably wouldn't show this in a classroom of young children, middle school children or even high school children. I would probably say it would be OK for a college class if there was something specific in it that your class is exploring (for example for me with Greek dance I would be willing to show some of the last two episodes in a class). I say this because college level students are more easily able to handle the boredom which may result from some of the videos less appealing aspects but, they also should be able to get something out if it in terms of analysis and research as it relates to a class. I would recommend this for people who are researching Greek dance or other aspects of Greek culture although you'll want to make sure that it covers the aspects of culture that you are interested in. For example I thought perhaps the episode "Art In Ancient Greece" would actually address some aspects of dance or even Greek theater but it's only the visual arts, it doesn't include performing arts. So just make sure that it will cover what your actually looking for before you buy it.
This is a very unusual, one-of-a-kind, educational video about ancient Greece. It is throughly enjoyable for the curious mind!