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The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

Documentary and Television movie directed by Cassian Harrison

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  • Oct 21, 2010
The documentary is rife with factual errors. I started to list them after about 10 minutes but finally got fed up. Don't use it as the video Cliff's Notes to Greek history. It's also written for an audience of 15 year olds. Not only is it wrong it's insulting.
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review by . January 01, 2008
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At the end of the episode of the original Star Trek series titled "Who Mourns for Adonais", Captain Kirk laments having to destroy the power source of the being that calls himself Apollo. He states how the Greeks have given us so much, which is an understatement. The concepts of democracy, scientific thought, abstract mathematical thought, zoology and much of philosophy can all be directly traced back to the ancient Greeks.    While this tape mentions those things, the main focus is the …
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The lavish and lengthy production of PBS'sThe Greeks: Crucible of Civilizationis a fitting tribute to the glory of ancient Greece, telling the story of Greek democracy from its first stirrings in 500 B.C. through to the cataclysmic wars that virtually destroyed the empire. It concludes with a fascinating look at how the Greeks were defeated, yet their philosophy endured and changed the world forever. Beautifully photographed, and with intelligent narration delivered by actor Liam Neeson, this two-volume set goes into considerable detail while also being engaging to the eye as well as the mind. The photography at ancient sites is often spectacular and judicious use of actors filmed in re-creations of critical events provide immediacy. Much of the story relates how the Greeks essentially invented politics and democracy, and interviews with prominent scholars of classical history provide insight into the major characters, including Thales, Pericles, and Socrates. The stories of epic battles on land and sea and a thoughtful treatment of the Greek ideals of heroism are presented well. But the documentary particularly succeeds in the latter stages, when the story turns to the downfall of Socrates and a thoughtful explanation of how Greek philosophy transformed civilization.--Robert J. McNamara
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Director: Cassian Harrison
Genre: Television, Documentary
Screen Writer: Cassian Harrison
Runtime: 150 minutes
Studio: Pbs Home Video
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