Empires - The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization
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Dramatic storytelling and state-of-the-art computer animation re-create Classical Greece of the 4th and 5th centuries, B.C, founder of modern science, politics, warfare, philosophy, and source of breathtaking art and architecture. This dazzling production charts the rise, triumph, and eventual decline of the world's first democracy. Witness it all through the eyes of Pericles, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
- Director's commentary
- Additional scenes not included in the PBS broadcast
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The most productive thing to do, then, rather than simply growling as one would about the mangling of this beautiful series, is probably to just buy both the DVD and the VHS (of which one can make a much less delicate DVD-R, if you have the permitting VCR). You get all the special features on the DVD, with higher picture quality, and the full-length series with lower picture quality. “Best of both worlds” is too positive a term, but buying both the DVD and VHS versions is the best we’re going to get short of some very unlikely, out-of-the blue full-length DVD or Blu-Ray release from PBS for the twentieth anniversary in a couple years.
My only quibble is the underplaying, in fact the abnegation really of Sparta's role in turning back Xerxes invasion. While all beneficiaries of democracy ought to be partial to Athens, as I am, it doesn't seem fair to deny Sparta any worthwhile accomplishments. It makes this
production seem more like propaganda than history.
Nevetheless it's a very interesting introduction to the rise of Athenian power.
The Educated Mind. A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, by Susan Wise Bauer.
The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric. Understanding the Nature and Function of Language, by Sister Miriam Joseph, C.S.C., PhD. Edited by Marguerite McGlinn
Most Things Steinbeck, all of the Harvard Classics and in your spare time ZEALOT, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan, author of No god but God.