A thirteen hour series which focuses on the Germanic, Britannic and other barbarian tribal wars with Rome which ultimately led to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. This series is ... See full summary »
Andre de Nesnera
They were an extraordinary people born of white rock and blue sea. They invented democracy, distilled logic and reason, wrote plays to plumb the deepest recesses of the soul, and captured ... See full summary »
In the year 480 B.C., the Greeks and the Persians fight one of the most famous battles in history at a place called Thermopylae. Here, the mighty Persian war machine, which has conquered ... See full summary »
Jeffery A. Baker,
British historian Bettany Hughes tours the eastern Mediterranean in search of facts behind the legends of "the face that launched a thousand ships," exploring the ways Greeks made love and war circa 1300 B.C.
Two thousand years ago one of history's most notorious individuals was born. Professor Mary Beard embarks on an investigative journey to explore the life and times of Gaius Julius Caesar ... See full summary »
Fierce Roman commander Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor) becomes infatuated with beautiful Christian hostage Lygia (Deborah Kerr) and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero (Sir Peter Ustinov).
Go Tell The Spartans: History Is Alive And Kicking & Exciting & Fun !!!
Some have the odd believe that history is boring.
They must have missed this wonderful 3part documentary, now available on DVD thanks to PBS (available at every internet store, and nicely priced at the pleasant eBay store 'moviemarz'...).
What a glamorous production ! No shortcuts here to bring the story to live. Beautiful crane shots and even helicopter shots are used to show ancient and nowadays Greece. Imagery is vivid and fresh, using pottery and museum artifacts as well as live action 'replays' and millennium old panorama's.
Host and writer Bettany Hughes, a superb scholar and someone who has the gift to tell a story in such a way that it's true without ever growing stale, gives a splendid performance, finding the middle between a popular talk show host and an 'all knowing' professor.
And the topic itself ? WOW !! The Spartans have inspired the Western world for 2500 years, in good (Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, the French AND American Revolutionaries...) and very bad (Hitler) ways. Their lives and thinking are displayed here in an easygoing and exuberant way, which makes the 3x 55 minutes fly by. Did THE SPARTANS build their own Utopia ? And if they did, did they themselves turn it into a dystopia ? Watch this splendid documentary and find out !!!!!
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