Perseus, a mortal who, due to the interference of the mighty God Zeus finds himself in the city of Joppa, far away from his island home. There, he falls in love with Andromeda, an imprisoned princess. To free her, win her hand, and thus half of the kingdom, Perseus solves a riddle, but Joppa's enraged ruler orders Andromeda fed to the Kraken, a towering sea monster that's the last of the powerful Titans. In his quest to save Andromeda, Perseus must endure a series of trials with the help of the winged horse Pegasus and a friendly playwright, Ammon. His ultimate goal is to secure the head of the grotesque Gorgon named Medusa and use it to turn the Kraken into stone, but dangers await, including the hideously deformed Calibos.
Call Number: PN1997 .E885 2006 In Greek with English subtitles
Alexander lives in his old seaside family home near Thessaloniki, but his daughter and son-in-law plan to sell the house, slightly damaged by an earthquake. Seriously ill, Alexander thinks if he checks himself into the hospital, he'll never check out. Awash in nostalgia, he recalls his late wife, Anna, seen in flashback, and he lets his daughter read a letter her mother had written to him right after her birth. Alexander's current project involves completing the last unfinished work of a 19th-century poet, but he puts that aside in order to spend time finding a home for his dog. Since his son-in-law won't take the dog, Alexander gives it to his servant. After rescuing an Albanian boy from a gang that sells children to wealthy Greeks who can't adopt legally, Alexander intends to return the youth to his grandmother in Albania. However, the child lied, and Alexander is unaware the boy has no grandmother. The old man set forth on a journey to take the boy home.
Romulus and Remus are two shepherds and loyal brothers who are destined to found the greatest empire the world has ever seen--but only one can rule. The journey to greatness is paved with blood and the fate of the chosen one lies in the hands of their brother.
Having avenged his father's murder by killing his mother, Orestes--now pursued by the Furies because he has committed matricide--takes refuge at the shrine of Apollo, who promises protection and sends him to seek justice from Athena. The ghost of Clytemnestra rouses the Chorus of Furies to bring her murderer to justice. Athena, goddess of wisdom, judges between Orestes, who murdered his mother to avenge his father, and the Furies, who demand revenge for the murder of Clytemnestra. Her decision reflects the historical turning in Athens from personal retribution to community law.
Shakespeare's play about devilish fairies, bedeviled lovers and tradesmen-actors. Plots intertwine as entangled love affairs, the comical performance of a "play within a play" by the tradesmen of Athens, and the antics in fairyland among King Oberon and his queen Titania produce a bizarre series of entanglements, but all ends happily.
Motion picture based on Racine's classic French drama, which was based on the Greek legend of Theseus, who returned from war with the Minoans to become king of Athens, and took Phedre, daughter of the vanquished King Minos, to be his wife. Phedre falls in love with Theseus' son Hippolyte, who does not return her love. In anger she prays to Neptune to destroy him, but when Hippolyte is in fact killed after fighting a sea monster, Phedre kills herself in remorse.
In 1193 B.C., Prince Paris, the son of the King of Troy falls in love with Helen, the wife of the king of Sparta, and convinces her to follow him away from her husband, Menelaus. The result is an epic war in which the Greeks sail to Troy and lay siege. Achilles, the greatest warrior in all the world, is called in to fight against Troy and give Greece the upper hand. Hector, the eldest son of Priam, King of Troy, and the greatest Trojan warrior, embodies the hopes of the people of his city.
The legend of the Amazons, beautiful and bloodthirsty warrior women has been the focus of speculation for over a thousand years. They are mentioned in the Greek myths and in the historical writings of Herodotus who gives their last known location as the steppes of Southern Russia. For centuries no archaeological evidence could be found to prove they existed. Recently archaeologists unearthed the 2,500-year-old remains of nomadic women buried with weapons and other articles of war in burial mounds located near the Russian town of Pokrovka. This program documents the work of archaeologist Jeannine Davis-Kimball who has led a 10-year investigation into whether any of these long-dead nomads could be the Amazons of legend.
The program, filmed on location across Greece, present the religion, architecture, art and customs of Greek culture which have survived throughout its 4,000 year history. The programs give the modern viewer a fresh perspective into the many facets of ancient Greek culture.
Dr. Romano discusses the rituals and rules of the Olympics and explains the various events and customs of the five day Olympiad. In addition, he focuses on the athletes and heroes and the rewards, scandals and politics that surrounded them. Through sculpture, vase paintings and contemporary scenes of athletic competition, Dr. Romano presents a multi faceted introduction to the ancient Olympics.
Explores the debate around Prof. Martin Bernal's book on the African origins of Greek culture, Black Athena. Leading classicists and Egyptologists discuss Bernal's indictment that 19th century scholars systematically denied the connections between Greece and the non-European cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Addresses core topics in ancient philosophy such as freedom and fate, permanence and change, happiness, the nature of the cosmos, and the immortality of the soul. Concepts as articulated by key figures including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Heraclitus, Pythagoras, and the Milesian and Eleatic philosophers, in combination with quotations drawn from Plato's 'Republic', Aristotle's 'Physics', and other influential sources, make this program an excellent tool for building a solid understanding of Western philosophy.
An incredible view of the lands and legacies of these two cultures. Explores the connections between the Minoan civilization and Mycenae, probes the ruins of Knossos, and adds another piece to one of the most fascinating archaeological puzzles of our time.
Walk along paths at the Acropolis that were once trod by Socrates and other great philosophers. Explore the isle of Santorini with its famed Aegean architecture, and visit the picturesque windmills of Myconos. In Crete, examine the ruins of Knossos, where the legendary King Minos lived. And in Delphi, learn of the oracles who foretold the future.
Eastern & Western Philosophy is a groundbreaking series that explores the roots of ancient philosophy, religious thought and spiritual enlightenment. Eastern philosophy explores the genesis of spiritual thought and investigates the central doctrines of Confucianism, Shinto, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam. Western philosophy traces the evolution of philosphy from classical Greece, its development in Europe and through the medieval period and the enlightenment into modern existentialist thought.
This course of 48 lectures explores the essential contours of the human experience in what has come to be called "Western civilization." From its humble beginnings in the ancient Near East to the dawn of the modern world, these presentations cover developments from about 3000 B.C. to A.D. 1600.
It has been said that all western art and science is but a footnote to ancient Greek accomplishments. In this program, the story is told of how Greek thinkers laid the foundation for architecture, painting, sculpture, history, philosophy, medicine, literature, zoology, botany, mathematics, astronomy, theater, and finally, the western scientific methodology. It is a history of a series of brilliant Greek thinkers from Homer in 700 B.C. to Ptolemy in 150 A.D.
During the golden age of the Greek city states 2500 years ago, the ancient Greeks gave to the world something much more valuable than architectural wonders or material wealth. It was the ideas of democracy, liberty, freedom of speech and the pursuit of truth for truth's sake. This DVD is the history of how a group of people invented self-rule based on citizenship, at a time when they were surrounded by tyrants and despots. The invention of these concepts of self rule and citizenship is the most improbable event in all of ancient history.
After a brief history of the founding of St. Petersburg and a biographical sketch of Peter the Great, the viewer is taken on a tour of the galleries of the Hermitage Museum housing masterpieces from ancient China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the 20th Century.
The story of the powerful Hittite empire, a near eastern people who lived over 3,000 years ago in the region around present day Turkey. Includes interviews with history experts, dramatic reeanactments, and visual effects.
Historian Michael Wood hosts this journey across 2,000 years and 16 countries. At the heart of this epic story is the enigmatic character of Alexander the Great who set out at age 21 and conquered most of the known world before he was 30. Using texts of Greek and Roman historians as his guide, Wood searches for the truth behind legends that depict Alexander as both a brilliant visionary and ruthless conqueror.
This definitive program traces the development of medieval drama, from Hildegard von Bingen's musical morality play Ordo Virtutum (The ritual of the virtues) to the seminal Everyman. Featuring extended excerpts from these influential works, as well as from The second shepherd's play and the 1998 staging of the Mystery Cycle in York, England, the video also establishes the genre's socioreligious context.
This program, featuring art from 5th century Greece, provides perspectives into the lives, customs, rituals and myths of Classical Greece. The art works presented in this program display a range of archetypes; mother, virgin, prostitute, protectress, that have underlined Western culture. The first part of this program deals with what constituted the ideal woman in Greek society, including proper body language and facial expression. The second part explores the metaphor of women in Ancient Greece, as vessels, signifying containment, confinement to home, and the womb for childbearing. The third part examines the metaphor of woman as an animal, this includes fertility rites and the view of courtship as a hunt. The final part focuses on the anxiety and apprehension Greek women felt towards these social stigmas, and their mythological heroins, such as Artemis, Circe, and the Sirens, which are discussed in terms of their dominant roles and independent natures.
A study of Niccolo Machiavelli's book, "The prince." Written nearly 500 years ago when Italy was emerging from a state of anarchy, "The prince" was designed as a guidebook for a single, forceful leader who would unify the country. It has come to be seen as synonymous with cynical manipulation. This video compares the crumbling of medieval order of Machiavelli's time with modern politics and includes interviews with Henry Kissinger and Senator Gary Hart.
For 25 centuries, the Parthenon has been shot at, set on fire, rocked by earthquakes, looted for its sculptures, and disfigured by misguided restorations. Now, a team of architects and engineers is investigating the many mysteries of this icon of Western Civilization: How did the ancient Greeks design and build their masterpiece so quickly? How did they achieve such precision and perfection without modern tools and architectural aids that we take for granted today, such as comprehensive plans or drawings? With unprecedented access to the Greek government's Acropolis Restoration Project, which has been restoring the Parthenon for over three decades, Nova takes viewers inside the minds of the ancient Greeks as they created their most enduring architectural miracle.
Chronicles the rise and fall of the civilization of ancient Sparta, a civilization that was found on discipline, sacrifice and frugality. Classical historian Bettany Hughes reveals the secrets and complexities of Spartans life: homosexuality, weak boys were put to death, women enjoyed a level of social and sexual freedom and equality was enforced.
Three classics professors outline metaphoric links between spinning and weaving and ideas of poetic composition and writing in relation to textile production and design in Greece and Rome. Techniques and methods of textile production used in Greek and Roman antiquity are demonstrated -- including spinning a thread with a spindle and weaving cloth on a warp-weighted loom.
Vol. 2: Greece: 500 years before the birth of Christ, the small city-states of Greece began a period of cultural excellence, and none was more advanced than Athens. Discover the architectural, intellectual and artistic achievements of the period, and the elements that led to the end of the glorious "moment of excellence." China: Study the "dynasties of power" from the 2nd century B.C. through the rise of the first emperor to discover the achievements of ancient China. While uniting a vast land the Chinese built the 2,600-mile Great Wall, invented paper, printing, the compass and the world's first system of justice. Rome: Rome developed from a town on the Tiber River to a formidable power that dominated the world as it was known. See what researchers have discovered about life in ancient Rome, from the harsh life of a legionnaire on guard at Hadrian's Wall to the gladiators in the Colosseum.