Greece is both the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games and the location of the recent 2004 modern Olympics. The legacy of the country pervades the consciousness of all Western nations, and the English language's greatest early literature draws on Greek myths for inspiration; some of the most evocative words, including 'chaos', 'drama', 'tragedy' and 'democracy', are taken from Greek.
This 'thoughtful three-part series' (The Daily Telegraph) was commissioned by Channel Five and is narrated by Tim Marlow. It is shot in some of the most spectacular sites, galleries and museums of Athens, Olympia, Delphi and Epidavros.
Episode 1 looks at how 5th century Greece experienced the 'Great Awakening' in art and architecture and, in the process, became the source of Western civilisation.
Episode 2 continues by looking at how Greek art and architecture developed during the Byzantine period and in the 19th and 20th
centuries and how 'neo-classicism' came to dominate our cityscapes.
Episode 3 rounds off by examining how ancient Greek artists put human beings at the centre "of all things" and began to portray form in a realistic rather than stylistic way.
'Superlative' - The Observer
|Format||DVD | Region 0 | PAL|
|Language & Duration||English | 72 Minutes|