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Athens and five other cities of ancient Greece are brought back to life for an hour in this installment of the Great Cities of the Ancient World series. Beginning with a lovely shot of the sunrise behind the Acropolis, the program looks at early achievements in architecture, philosophy, sport, theater, and democracy that composed the dawn of modern civilization. As narrator Edmund Purdon points out, it's ironic that when we think of ancient Greece we picture austere white marble, when in fact the Greeks led such colorful lives. Thanks to computer graphics that "rebuild" ruined temples and amphitheaters in vivid shades of red, blue, yellow, and gold, the viewer can get a glimpse of these glorious structures as the Greeks knew them. Purdon intersperses myths and historical facts with the trivial details of daily life, so the viewer learns not only about the 12 labors of Hercules but also about what the average citizen might have purchased in the Agora (marketplace). From the mysterious Oracle at Delphi, to the birthplace of the Olympic Games, to the prostitution and slave markets of Corinth, this video provides a well-rounded introduction to the colorful complexity of Hellenic culture. --Larisa Lomacky MooreFrom the Back Cover:
The Golden Age of Greece is magnificently re-created by archeologists, historians, and video artists.
Ancient Greece and 25 of the most significant structures and monuments, as originally built, come alive as Greek customs and daily life are revealed through computer graphics, archival film, and classic art. Tour the Acropolis in the 5th Century B.C. Gaze at the Statue of Athena and the Parthenon, the pride and joy of the Athenians. Walk the Agora, Theatre of Dionysus, Olympia (home of the Olympic Games), and the Temple of Zeus. Stand before Delphi's Temple of Apollo where the oracle spoke. Travel to Mycenae, City of Agamemnon, Santorini, and Atlantis, the legendary lost continent. It's all here--places and events that have fired the imaginations of people for centuries. Greek Gods and Goddesses, thinkers and builders, athletes and heroes. Ancient Greece was a civilization like no other in history.
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