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Legacy of Ancient Civilizations The Mycenaeans

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There were many interesting and important civilizations in the Mediterranean region in ancient times, but the Mycenaeans were especially fortunate in one way. Their legends and deeds became the subjects of the finest works of literature to be handed down from antiquity -- Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and the dramas of the great Greek playwrights.

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Genres Documentary
Director De Agostini
Studio TravelVideoStore.com
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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A number of striking ancient objects and ruins are shown, but they are seldom identified or discussed. I would call the video Bronze Age Greece light. Beautiful video footage with very basic commentary.

If you are interested in an in depth discussion of Bronze Age Greece and the Iliad, try "In Search of the Trojan War" by Micheal Wood.
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I liked the information, although a simple overview of a broad subject. Produced in 2001, Italy. Might explain the below average production values. I was amused to see battle scenes from the 1937 Italian movie Scipioe l'africano. This is not a great documentary. Mostly dry narration. There were two experts interviewed. Should have had more expert discussion. Documentary format, even for low budget productions, has improved over the last 15 years. Took a Greek history class in college back in 1970, and enjoyed listening to the overview (which gave the 4th star) as I played spider solitaire.
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The narration was informative. The use of old B&W movie clips to illustrate life in ancient Greece was hokey, did little to maintain my attention. The actual scenery of ruins and computer depictions of original buildings was well-done and enjoyable.
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With regards to the Amazon instant video stream of this film: Though the title and the cover, bearing Agamemnon's stoic face, may lead you to believe otherwise, the civilization that this documentary focuses on is actually the Minoans.
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Honestly the quality of the production is just horrible, with the nararator and music split to different left and right stereo channels but unbalanced so the unnecessary music drowns out the narrator. The narrator meanwhile sounds like he is just reading a history podcast, with no real interaction with any of the visuals being shown. It reminds me of a powerpoint presentation rather then an interesting documentary.
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lo production value. incredibly inappropriate music with terrible sound quality. Often the lame tunes drown out the mediocre commentator-not that he's interesting but I WAS trying to get the story (until I lost interest).

Is there no half star rating. lol just kidding it earned the full one star.
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By Xrahdio on February 10, 2013
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The footage in this video is somewhat faded but the subject is interesting to me. I think it was produced some thirty years ago making it rather dated. Over all if you like historical pieces relating to Ancient Greece and the surrounding region this is enjoyable.
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A little dry, but interesting for someone who knew nothing before.
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