The Ancient Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

Three part series that recounts the rise, glory, demise and legacy of the empire that marked the dawn of Western civilization.

Title: The Ancient Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

Released: 1999

Runtime: 3 x 60

It was perhaps the most spectacular flourishing of imagination and achievement in recorded history. In the Fourth and Fifth Centuries BC, the Greeks built an empire that stretched across the Mediterranean from Asia to Spain.

They laid the foundations of modern science, politics, warfare and philosophy, and produced some of the most breathtaking art and architecture the world has ever seen. This three part series, narrated by Liam Neeson, recounts the rise, glory, demise and legacy of the empire that marked the dawn of Western civilization.

The story of this astonishing civilization is told through the lives of heroes of ancient Greece. The latest advances in computer and television technology rebuild the Acropolis, recreate the Battle of Marathon and restore the grandeur of the Academy, where Socrates, Plato and Aristotle forged the foundation of Western though. The series combines dramatic storytelling, stunning imagery, new research and distinguished scholarship to render classical Greece gloriously alive.

the program pulls out all the stops…to spring loose from the chalky traps of historical documentaries and give viewers something vibrant to watch

San Francisco Chronicle

an epic poem…beautifully told

USA Today

A benchmark for pre-archival filmmaking, a lyrically cinematic work that draws on the latest technology to bring the world’s first democracy to life

Los Angeles Times