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History Classics: Ancient Greece - Gods And Battles [DVD]

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Immerse yourself in the exciting and dangerous world of the ancient Greeks and their gods with this invaluable collection of documentaries from HISTORY.

A comprehensive selection of programs offers viewers a detailed look at ancient Greece through its most pivotal figures and conflicts, from the human frailties of its gods and goddesses to archeological evidence supporting their mythology; from the legendary city of Delphi and its world-famous oracle to the brutal standoff at the 'Gates of Fire,' where 300 Spartans held off the Persian army.

Filled with stunning reenactments, archival footage, and expert testimony, ANCIENT GREECE: GODS AND BATTLES pulls together some of the most intriguing aspects of this epic civilization, including the mythic and monumental Greek deities and the artwork they inspired; the legendary story of 'the face that launched a thousand ships' Helen of Troy and the bloody 10-year siege that followed her alleged kidnapping; and the strategic brilliance of Alexander the Great's final campaign.

ANCIENT GREECE: GODS AND BATTLES includes 6 documentaries on 5 DVDs:

DISC 1: Gods and Goddesses
DISC 2: In Search of History: The Greek Gods / Oracle at Delphi
DISC 3: Last Stand of the 300
DISC 4: Decisive Battles: Marathon / Decisive Battles: Thermopylae / Troy: The Passion of Helen
DISC 5: Battles BC: Judgment Day at Marathon / Battles BC: Alexander: Lord of War

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Various History
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X2P976
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I got this to use as a supplement to the unit I teach on ancient Greece to middle school students. Several elements of it are interesting, especially using game technology to show the outcomes of battles. I would say that, in typical history channel fashion, there is a bit of...sensationalism that goes along with the information. While this does help keep my students interested, I have to back peadal a bit on some of the things said.
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This DVD set is made up of documentaries of variable quality. The documentaries "Gods and Goddesses," "The Greek Gods," and "Oracle at Delphi" are worth watching. The documentaries about battles are too often overburdened with computer generated images that make them at times look like video games. The documentary "Troy: The Passion of Helen," is by far the worst of all these documentaries. This fluffy documentary is of limited interest to any history buff. In summary, this DVD set is in dire need of some retooling.
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It wasn't as much about the Grecian Gods/Goddesses as I hoped but it was a good summary of them and I learned a few things I didn't know before. Its more about Greek battles after, but they do a good job of that. As long as you are interested in that too, its worth it.
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Excellent videos on "Last Stand of the 300" and the "Marathon" Video. Also, "Battles BC: Alexander: Lord of War" also fairly historically accurate. "Gods and Goddesses" also rates an "A" as well as "In Search of History: Oracle at Delphi". But,
there seems to be some repetitive other videos. Rate them C+.
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I teach freshmen English classes, and his was excellent to use and make worksheets for supplementary information during our Greek Mythology unit. The students enjoyed most of them too which is always an added bonus :)
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the problem is that much of it is not suitable for kids
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Impressive history, love this DVD set. Very informational, better than history class in school. Great detail. Both of my teenage daughters have borrowed the DVD set for homework.
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The sound cycles loud to soft. The replacement DVD does the same thing. All other DVDS work fine in the player.
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