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Old June 27th, 2013, 11:29 AM   #1

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Who Were The Greeks?


A quick heads-up: if you can get BBC 2 there is a new 2-part documentary called "Who Were the Greeks?" on tonight at 9:00 pm.

Magazine says: "Travelling across modern Greece, Dr Michael Scott uncovers the ancient world of gods, democrats, and warriors, inhabited by people who were both brutal and brilliant."
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Old June 30th, 2013, 01:10 PM   #2

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I just watched the first episode on the iplayer, and I have to say that it was fantastic. The presenter, Dr Michael Scott, is clearly very knowledgeable about Ancient Greece, but he is also very amiable and engaging. Lots of interesting and fascinating facts are widely dispersed throughout the programme, and I feel it achieved an well-balanced combination between hands-on scenes and the more academic side focused on antiques. I certainly learnt much more than I expected yet I never felt at all out of my depth, which is a great tribute to Dr Michael Scott. All in all, I highly recommend that anyone at all interested in Ancient Greece watches this brilliant programme, and now I am eagerly awaiting the next episode.
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While this sounds interesting and I will probably try to track this down, I have one question:

Despite being called 'Who Were the Greeks', how much is it really, 'Who Were the Athenians between 500 and 400BC'?
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It's hard to say about the time period, since the programme isn't presented chronologically, but rather thematically. I think the facts and artefacts are drawn from a fairly wide time span, but perhaps with more emphasis on that 500 - 400BC period.

The programme certainly covers Athens more than any other Polis, but by no means exclusively. Most of the programme's contents are presented as generic of the various Greek states, but most examples and such come from Athens, which is entirely understandable since there is simply much more historical evidence available there.
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