The Ancient Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

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

Released : 1999

Runtime : 3 x 60 minutes

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 the heroes of ancient Greece. The latest advances in computer 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 thought. The series combines dramatic storytelling, stunning imagery, new research and distinguished scholarship to render classical Greece gloriously alive.

Press

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

Credits

WRITER AND DIRECTOR

Cassian Harrison

SERIES PRODUCER

Anthony Geffen

NARRATOR

Liam Neeson

ADDITIONAL VOICES

Paul Darron
Simon Mattox
Sonia Elliman
Tony Singleton

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Lee Pulbrook

EDITORS

Mel Quigley
Maggie Choyce
Scott McEwing

MUSIC

Michael Gibbs
Simon Fisher Turner

LINE PRODUCER

Patricia Wrobel

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Ron Devillier
Brian Donegan

SUPERVISING PRODUCER

Greg Diefenbach

PRODUCTION MANAGERS

Ciara Byrne
Denise Glennon

SERIES CONSULTANT

Paul Cartledge

ASSISTANT PRODUCER

Amanda Burrell

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Moyra Chestnutt

MAKE UP & HAIR DESIGN

Jutta Russel

PRODUCTION & COSTUME DESIGN

Isolde Sommerfeldt

ART DEPARTMENT ASSISTANTS

Philip Barber
Thereasa Kelly

WARDROBE ASSISTANTS

Sarah Blenkinsop
Jane Morton
Martin O’Carol

ADDITIONAL VISUALISATION

Lance Kneeshaw
Alexandra Beazley

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION

Emma Fenton
Barret Stanboulian
Tricia Chacon
Melissa Lundgren

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Mike Todd
Chris Kooke

CAMERA ASSISTANT

Lee Connelly

GRIPS

Peter Muncey
Jose de Cozar
Pat Gleeson

GAFFER

Phil Fegan
Nick Green

LINE PRODUCER (GREEK UNIT)

Susie Pugh Tasios

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT (GREEN UNIT)

Rea Apostolides

CAMERA ASSISTANT (GREEK UNIT)

Dionysis Efthimiopoulos

GRIP (GREEK UNIT)

Yiannis Papdakis

ASSISTANT GRIP (GREEK UNIT)

Dimitris Kataliakos

GAFFER (GREEK UNIT)

Babis Kaltirimtziz

ART & PROPS DEPARTMENT (GREEK UNIT)

Peter Rose
Nena Parkes
Theodosis Touloumis

VISUAL EFFECTS

Andrew Garnet-Lawson
Tim Osbourne
Rebecca Harris
Christian Manz
Graham Jack

ONLINE EDITOR

Philippe Key

COLORIST

Nigel Shaw

SOUND RECORDISTS

Graeme Robson
Simon Pinkerton

SOUND EDITOR

Jamie McPhee

DUBBING MIXER

Colin Martin

MUSIC SUPERVISER

Paul Talkington

MUSIC PRODUCTION

Richard Preston

MUSIC PERFORMANCE

City of Prague Film Harmonic Orchestra

CONDUCTOR

Allan Wilson

UNIT DRIVERS

Mark Robson
Peter Galanakis

FIGHT DIRECTION

Hamish McLeoad

ACTORS

Willy Bowman
Jeffrey Dench
Bill Reimbold
Vernon Dobcheff

THANKS TO

Square Sail Shipyard LTD.
Nashville Parthenon
Princeton University
The British Museum
Kings College LIbrary
The People of Kythira
John Eagle
Dean Watkins

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