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Ancient Greece - The Greatest Show on Earth

DVD  |  Documentary  |  03 Aug 2016


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Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth is a three-part historical series written and presented by classicist Dr Michael Scott. This series examines the extraordinary career of Athens in the ancient world from the 6th century BC to the 2nd century AD through the prism of one of its most important and culturally crucial spaces: the theatre. The home of democracy, the creator of empire, the builder of architectural greats like the Parthenon, Athens was a city that in its time saw it all, did it all, lost it all and strained every sinew to get it all back again. As Athens played its life out on the Mediterranean stage, the Athenians were regularly sitting down to watch tragedies and comedies in their theatres. These plays spoke to their audiences in a very different way to theatrical performances today. Rather than providing pure 'entertainment', 'distraction' or 'diversion' from reality, they were sharply focused on reality. For the Athenians, theatre was not simply a mirror of their present, it was itself a stage on which that present could be played out.

Title: Ancient Greece - The Greatest Show on Earth

Format: DVD

Release Date: 03 Aug 2016

Actor(s): Dr Michael Scott

Sku: 2313944

Catalogue No: R-123233-9

Category: Documentary

Disc Count: 1

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

OFLC Rating: PG

Run Time: 176

Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen

Video Format: PAL

Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0

Language: English, Dolby Digital 2.0

Region Code: 4

Genre: Special Interest,