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Romm, James S.

Summary: Romm's dive into the last decades of ancient Greek freedom leading up to Alexander the Great's destruction of Thebes--and the saga of the greatest military corps of the age, the Theban Sacred Band, a unit composed of 150 pairs of male lovers.

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Publisher / Publication Date: 2021

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Summary: This first segment takes us on a journey to the Dark Ages of Greece, the end of the Achaean Age, and the coming of the Dorian Greeks to the Peloponnesus and Laconia. Next the Messenian conquest and the establishment of the Spartan constitution are presented. The upbringing of Spartan youths, warts and all, is then addressed at length. Spartan institutions are credited for initiating a system of...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2003

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Summary: This segment begins by exploring how Sparta and Athens fell out after the Persian Wars, with a look at the contrast between Athenian and Spartan politics and society. Women’s life is given much attention, and Sparta comes off as considerably more enlightened, by modern Western standards. The legacy of “radical” Spartan customs on later societies is discussed. Lastly, the Laconian earthquake of...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2003

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Summary: This last segment opens at Delphi with a look at Greek religion and Spartan attitudes toward the gods and oracles before resuming the history of the Peloponnesian War. Alcibiades, the Syracuse expedition, and Lysander are examined. Then the period of the Spartan hegemony is briefly described. Hughes notes the critical decline of Spartan citizen manpower and the rise of Thebes as a rival. She...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2003

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Summary: In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC, an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes lead an Army of well over 100,000 men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians and other Slave soldiers. Xerxes...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Distributed by Warner Home Video 2007

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