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Great Cities of the Ancient World - Athens & Ancient Greece [VHS]

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated:
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  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Questar
  • VHS Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303298591
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,924 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Athens and five other cities of ancient Greece are brought back to life for an hour in this installment of the Great Cities of the Ancient World series. Beginning with a lovely shot of the sunrise behind the Acropolis, the program looks at early achievements in architecture, philosophy, sport, theater, and democracy that composed the dawn of modern civilization. As narrator Edmund Purdon points out, it's ironic that when we think of ancient Greece we picture austere white marble, when in fact the Greeks led such colorful lives. Thanks to computer graphics that "rebuild" ruined temples and amphitheaters in vivid shades of red, blue, yellow, and gold, the viewer can get a glimpse of these glorious structures as the Greeks knew them. Purdon intersperses myths and historical facts with the trivial details of daily life, so the viewer learns not only about the 12 labors of Hercules but also about what the average citizen might have purchased in the Agora (marketplace). From the mysterious Oracle at Delphi, to the birthplace of the Olympic Games, to the prostitution and slave markets of Corinth, this video provides a well-rounded introduction to the colorful complexity of Hellenic culture. --Larisa Lomacky Moore

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The Golden Age of Greece is magnificently re-created by archeologists, historians, and video artists.

Ancient Greece and 25 of the most significant structures and monuments, as originally built, come alive as Greek customs and daily life are revealed through computer graphics, archival film, and classic art. Tour the Acropolis in the 5th Century B.C. Gaze at the Statue of Athena and the Parthenon, the pride and joy of the Athenians. Walk the Agora, Theatre of Dionysus, Olympia (home of the Olympic Games), and the Temple of Zeus. Stand before Delphi's Temple of Apollo where the oracle spoke. Travel to Mycenae, City of Agamemnon, Santorini, and Atlantis, the legendary lost continent. It's all here--places and events that have fired the imaginations of people for centuries. Greek Gods and Goddesses, thinkers and builders, athletes and heroes. Ancient Greece was a civilization like no other in history.

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This video is a bit over an hour long. It has some drama when presenting the different cities and the myths associted with them, but it is highly entertaining. They are able to show what we know as monuments in thier ancient "glory" through computer enhancement. It was fascinating to see that ancient Greece was not built in white (as the relics are today) but in vivid colors.
Does not iclude Greek Islands (I was dissapointed that Ithaka, Krete, etc were left out). Does include Corinth.
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This is a good video, very informative. It compares favorably with, for instance, National Geographic and Reader's Digest videos. The computer recreates of the ancient structures are good. I reckon though that they are shown too quickly. When superimposed on the modern grounds, you can see it's artificial because the lighting is wrong. It would be nice if all ancient structures that can be restored and rebuilt are done so.
The video should have included the modern lighting of the olympic flame ceremony.
The video could have had normal color footage, instead of that faded black and white footage for the ancient scene recreates.
At the end of the other video about Egypt, it says that there is a lot known, and unknown, about ancient Egypt. It would also apply to ancient Greece (and so on).
This series of 3 should also be available on DVD.
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I had seen this documentary on television a while back and found it very interesting. I'm glad to see this updated version of it, and was also glad to have it arrived on DVD.
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Great for teaching about Athens and Ancient Greece.
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