The Ancient World
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He is perhaps the greatest military leader in the history of warfare, but who was the true Alexander the Great? Filmed in Greece, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, and Iran, this riveting documentary attempts to separate the facts about the renowned Macedonian king from the fiction through a look at ancient writings and interviews with historians ... more
Go behind the Hollywood biodramas and learn the facts behind the 4th-Century B.C. ruler and military genius who managed to build an empire that reached from Greece and North Africa to modern-day India. Dramatic re-enactments, interviews with historians and scholars, and computer graphics bring the legend of Alexander to life. 150 min. ... more
Hero or villain? Great leader or terrible despot? You decide after hearing the history and legends of one of the most famous conquerors of the ancient world. The story of Alexander the Great is the focus of this riveting program, which follows Alexander from Greece to Persia and India, blazing a trail of absolute power gained through ... more
Get a fresh perspective on Ancient Greece with this collection of programs that examines art and architecture, mining, unusual customs and myths. Includes "Art in Ancient Greece," "Mining in Ancient Greece," "Bacchus, The God of Wine," and "Firewalking in Greece." 120 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
This highly acclaimed series looks at ancient Macedonia, using footage from excavations to study the reigns of Philip II and Alexander the Great. Programs include "Aiani, Aiges, Dion and Pella" and "Amphipolis, Philippi and Thessaloniki." 3 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
From Aphrodite to Zeus, the names and legends of the Greek gods have been passed down through oral and written chronicles, their mythology surviving to the present day. Scholars discuss the significance of the deities' very human failings; location footage affords glimpses of physical monuments built to glorify the gods; and breathtaking ... more
The foundations of Western culture were laid millennia ago in ancient Greece, and their influences on philosophy, politics, art, science and warfare continue to this day. Liam Neeson narrates this documentary program that uses interviews, location footage and computer-animated re-creations to chronicle the civilization's story. 140 ... more
Take a lively tour of the ancient ruins of Pergamon with this enlightening travelogue program. Regarded as the place where the origins of Greek culture and the history of Western thought first took root, the destination located in what is now Turkey is explored with stunning location footage and insightful commentary about its massive ... more
The Minotaur's Island(2002)
Navigate the maze of history with this adventurous documentary on the Minoan civilization. Utilizing archeological evidence discovered as early as 1900 through to the present day, Oxford scholar Bettany Hughes conducts a wide-ranging appraisal of the culture on Crete 5,000 years in the past, and surveys various theories concerning the ... more
Gods And Goddesses(2002)
Get to know the pantheon of Mt. Olympus as never before in this revealing documentary from the History Channel. Princeton, Stanford, and USC professors discuss the unique (and often dysfunctional) relationships between Zeus, Athena, Apollo, and other deities who were crucial to the history of ancient Greece, and King Constantine II ... more
Troy: Myth Or Reality?(2004)
The ancient city of Troy may have been uncovered in modern-day Turkey in the 1870s, but how much of the account of the Trojan War from Homer's Iliad is true? Separate fact from fiction in this documentary that examines the archeological evidence to shine new light on one of antiquity's most fascinating stories. 50 min. Standard; Soundtrack: ... more
Troy: For Love And War(2006)
Relive the romance, intrigue, and spectacle of the war over "the face that launched a thousand ships," with this fascinating program retelling the legends of the Trojan War. You'll meet Helen, Paris, Achilles, Hector, Agamemnon, and others, and also learn more about the episode of the famous Trojan horse, perhaps the most fantastical ... more
Narrated by actress Nia Vardalos, this dynamic documentary from the producers of "Everest" transports you back in time to explore the mysteries of Ancient Greece. Through aerial photography and computer-generated imagery that rebuilds the Parthenon, you'll witness how contemporary detective work is being done by archeologists to unravel ... more
Secrets Of The Parthenon(2008)
Enduring despite destructive attacks throughout 25 centuries, the ancient Greek monument known as the Parthenon is studied in this enlightening "Nova" documentary. While observing the ambitious work of the Greek government's Acropolis Restoration Project, the program delves into the temple's fantastic history and offers theories as ... more
There are heroes...there are legends...and then there are gods. This majestic documentary series from the History Channel revisits epic sagas of ancient lore, detailing stories of mythology and popular fiction with stunning CGI images echoing the cutting-edge style of the blockbuster film "300." > Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby ... more
Journey to the place where the Ancient Greeks gathered to hear the prophecies of their trusted oracle in this documentary devoted to the wondrous archeological site of Delphi. In addition to reviewing the legends of the Delphic oracle, the program explores other unusual practices of the era including animal sacrifice. 60 min. Standard; ... more
One of the world's oldest cities continues to thrive in the 21st century, as demonstrated by this colorful documentary program filmed on location. Regarded as the birthplace of democratic ideas, Athens contains not only monumental buildings and works of classical art that have endured for thousands of years, but a cultural heritage ... more