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The Ancient World

The Ancient World: Civilization and Ideas [streaming video]

  • Mesopotamia
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Maya
  • Ancient India
  • Ancient China
  • Ancient Rome
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Persia

The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization [three part streaming video series]

  • Part 1:  After introducing early Athens, this classic program examines the rule of Pisistratus and the growth of Athens, the slide into chaos that followed Pisistratus’ death, the alliance between the Athenians and Sparta to overthrow Hippias, and the subsequent Athenian revolution that saw the birth of democracy.
  • Part 2:  This classic program presents the Battle of Marathon, Persia’s ill-fated campaign against Greece in the aftermath of the Ionian revolt; the Battle of Salamis, where the Greeks decisively defeated the Persian navy; Pericles, “the first citizen of Athens”; and the building of the incomparable Parthenon.
  • Part 3:  Beginning with a spotlight on Socrates, this program addresses the Plague of Athens, which struck like an omen during the second year of the Second Peloponnesian War, and the resounding defeat of the Greek invasion of Syracuse. Socrates’ trial and execution complete the program.

Homer's Odyssey

Virgil's Aeneid

Ancient Greek Theatre

Augustine's Confessions