From PBS, this documentary examines the rise and fall of ancient Greece, 500 BC to about 300 BC. With reenactments, beautiful footage of ruins, and interviews, this film narrated by Liam Neeson provides a look inside the Greek civilization.
With three, 1 hour episodes this series takes a good look at ancient Greece. Focus is primarily on Athens and leaders both tyrannical and democratic but a lot of good information about Egypt, Persia, Sicily and other Mediterranean populations was included. Socrates also plays a big part in this series, probably because his name is so well known.
I was impressed with the neutrality of this series. It showed not only the accomplishments of the Greeks, but their mistakes and arrogance as well. Unlike some other documentaries, this seemed to be a nicely unbiased look at the history. Film footage of ruins was wonderful with views not usually seen. I also enjoyed some of the special effects recreating ruins and how leaders were visually represented. Although the series did some exploration of religious beliefs it was really focused on history and the impact Greeks had on the region and other societies.
Overall, a very good exploration of Greek history with just enough detail to make you want more. As with many of these documentaries, there just isn’t enough time for the detail we really want to see so many subjects are just briefly touched. For anyone interested I highly recommend this series as a primer on the Greeks.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Documentary, Educational
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