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.
The program itself is some of the best history television one can buy, but the DVD release is an edited 150-minute version (likely to free up disc space for the bonus features), not the much more in-depth 180-minute, three-part director’s cut which appears on the original 1999 VHS release.
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.
If you want to learn about the City/States of ancient Greece and the highlights in depth about Greek culture and historical figures this is a good show worth watching. It's rather long, but it covers the high spots and low spots in ancient Greece's past. Well worth the time!
A wonderful baby-sitter at the Assisted Living Home around the corner. Please, please, please convert this VHS into a Blue Ray DVD. It will sell off the rack. Attention Liberal Arts Majors: This is a must. Other books that should awaken you would include: 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.
It's super well done - it's a complicated subject to cover. Names we can no longer pronounce, a world we no longer understand, a way of life long gone. So why bother at all, except it's the foundation of who we are as a people in the United States - as a European American. It's the beginning of our 'Democratic' way of life. Those who do not understand their history are doomed .... you know the rest.
Very informative, easy to follow and understand without getting into the minutia of Greek history and mythology. This would be an excellent starter video for someone interested in pursuing the history of ancient Greece. Highly recommended.
Very informative. I learned a lot. My son-in-law is Greek and I wanted to educate myself about his background. There were many things that Greek civilization contributed to the world that I was ignorant about. Helped stimulate lively dinner conversation.