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Summary: Surveys over 70 literary geniuses and masterpieces of western literature. Examines the works, styles, themes and relationships with one another and the role they played both within the context of their own times and within the larger span of literary history.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Teaching Co. 2004

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8 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 800 GRE
Call number: DVD 800 GRE PART 1
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Summary: Updating the 1937 work edited by the distinguished Paul Harvey, this revision is a worthy successor. It covers classical literature from the appearance of the Greeks, around 2200 B.C, to the close of the Athenian philosophy schools in A.D. 529. It includes articles on authors, major works, historical notables, mythological figures, and topics of literary significance. Short summaries of major...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Oxford University Press 1989

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 880.9 OXF

Summary: Sophocles often won the leading prize at the Dionysia, the principal dramatic festival of Athens; but Oedipus the King was a runner-up, winner of the second prize. Posterity, however, considers the play second to none. The play tells the beginning of the Oedipus saga, setting the stage and creating the characters who will continue the story to its conclusion in Antigone. With Michael...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This program covers the purpose, design, and uses of the ekkyklema for showing the victims and perpetrators of off-stage violence; the deus ex machina, a crane mechanism to suspend gods above the stage; Charonian steps, for ghosts from the underworld; and other means of entrance and exit. It also explains the reasons for New Comedy, its audience, and its physical requirements.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: In the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, thousands of scientific and religious texts-among Africa's oldest literature-have been hidden for centuries. This program examines the rich history and variety of Timbuktu's lost libraries and shows how they have recently garnered the world's attention. Viewers meet local scholars, as well as experts from across Africa and the Western world, who elucidate...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Antigone is perhaps the most easily accessible of all the great classical tragedies, its theme clear and up-to-date: the conflict between moral and political law. Now the tale of Oedipus and his family comes to its end-he, his wife Jocasta, his sons, and now, at the last, his daughter, all dead. Antigone is not the only victim in the play; Creon too comes to a tragic downfall-although he...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: In the 50 years separating Aeschylus from the later works of Euripides, theater changed: plays had been performed in honor of the god Dionysus and for the enjoyment of spectators; now they were targeted at spectators who took pleasure in the spectacle itself. Where once the text itself set the stage and described the scene, sets came into use-at first to stimulate imagination, later to imitate...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: This program looks at the theatres of Herodus Atticus, Epidauros, Corinth (where Arion is said to have taught the dithyramb), and many others to explain the design of the ancient theater, the synthesis of art forms that was ancient Greek drama, the origins of tragedy, the audience in classical times, the comparative roles of writer/director and actors, and the use of the surrounding landscape...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Bearer of an almost unspeakable, immutable fate, Oedipus yet feels himself a man chosen-that is, favored-by the gods. Now an old man, blind and outcast, Oedipus wanders through Greece guided by his daughter Antigone until he comes to Colonus, where he knows he will die. Protected by the ruler of Thebes against the armies of Creon who have come in pursuit, he curses his son Polynices for...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: They gave their names to some of the most memorable plays in Western history, and, thousands of years later, they are still very much a presence in contemporary culture. Who were the women of classical Greek drama? In this program, the presentation of powerful women in Medea, Antigone, and Lysistrata is contrasted with the circumscribed role of women in Athenian society by Princeton...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This is the stunning Kennedy Center production of Euripides' great classic about a woman driven by emotion beyond the brink of rationality. With Zoe Caldwell as Medea and Judith Anderson as the nurse. The English text is by Robinson Jeffers.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Artemis, Apollo’s twin sister, was noted for both her beauty and her cruelty. She protected flora and fauna, especially wild animals, and was not reluctant to punish those who acted against nature. In this program, we visit the temple at Brauron, Arcadia, Mount Cithaeron, and other Artemisian haunts, and learn about Artemis’ birth and youth. Also told are the stories of Orion, Niobe, Callisto,...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: In this program, we discover that Athene sprang full-grown and fully-armed from Zeus’s head, and that Aphrodite emerged from the sea where the physical evidence had landed of Cronus’ castration of Uranus. Also explored are love stories of Aphrodite, the myths of Neritis, Anchises, Pygmalion, and Galatea, the mythological roots of the Trojan War, and the lives of Ares and of Adonis. Athene gives...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: The most celebrated work of Dante Alighieri is certainly the Divina Commedia-a vision of hell, purgatory, and heaven that provides a strangely surrealistic view of medieval attitudes on religious dogma and the price of disobedience. In this program, dramatizations of scenes depicting courtly love, sexual love, love of God, and love of the Virgin Mary are featured.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: What is "the good," and why is it that one can never step into the same river twice? This program featuring Princeton University's Alexander Nehamas and Richard Sorabji, honorary fellow at Wolfson College, the University of Oxford, 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....

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: If wisdom were given me under the express condition that it must be kept hidden and not uttered, I should refuse it. Thus wrote the 1st-century Roman philosopher Seneca in one of the many letters he wrote to his disciple, Lucilius. These letters were later collected together to form Moral Epistles, one of the central ethical works of the classical period. This program examines Seneca's...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: A contemporary interpretation of Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece, this beautifully crafted program scrutinizes what is colloquially referred to as the battle of the sexes. Production values convincingly re-create the world of the Bronze Age, but commentary from modern scholars evokes themes easily recognizable in the 21st century: Who holds the real power in male/female relationships? Why...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Features some of the finest college professors in America, lecturing on literature written from ancient times to the modern era.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Teaching Co. 2004

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 809 GRE

Brontë, Charlotte

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Ann Arbor Media Group 2006

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in Adult, Call number: 823.8 Bro

Summary: The Greeks also called Apollo, Phoebus—brilliant one, perpetually reborn, who shoots darts from afar, and who incorporates the radiant characteristics of the sun. In this program, we learn about Apollo’s mother Leto, his birth on the island of Delos, his twin sister Artemis, Python and Pythia, and the oracle of Delphi. Also discussed are Cassandra’s prediction of the fall of Troy; Apollo and...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: The oldest story in the English language, Beowulf is the Norse epic saga of good vs. evil and man vs. monster. The famous Viking warrior battles invaders, monsters, and a fire-breathing dragon. This episode of Clash of the Gods examines Norse mythology’s greatest hero and the intriguing possibility that he may have been a real-life warrior. Recently unearthed burial mounds and ancient carvings...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Designated national treasures, the picture scrolls of The Tale of Genji were made in the 12th century, 100 years after Murasaki Shikibu wrote her classic story of Buddhist sensibilities and courtly romance in Japan's Heian period. This program combines readings from chapters corresponding to the paintings with a look at their meticulous restoration in order to rediscover an enduring literary...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: More than three centuries ago, the seminal haiku poet Matsuo Basho traveled Japan in a spiritual quest for enlightenment. In this down-to-earth program, haiku enthusiasts from around the world including award-winning haiku poet and English teacher Visnja McMaster and haiku translator Judit Vihar, professor of Japanese studies at Eotvos Lorand University, follow in the master's footsteps as they...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Of the 27 compositions that comprise the New Testament, 21 are letters: some guide, some warn. This program explores the content as well as authenticity of the various letters attributed to Paul, James, Jude, and Peter. Location footage brings to life Paul's missionary journeys to Antioch, Athens, Corinth, and Rome. The Pastoral Epistles, Gospel of Thomas, letters of Pontius Pilate, and the...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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