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Classical Europe

Aqueducts: Man Made Rivers of Life

They are arguably the most important public works projects in history. Without aqueducts, many of the world's great cities and civilizations would never have existed. For thousands of years, we have shaped the world and forged history by controlling the flow of water. From the continent-spanning constructions of Ancient Rome to the lifeline that quenches Los Angeles's thirst, this documentary takes a probing look at the history and technology of aqueducts. 1997. 50 min.

Art of the Western World

Traces the origins of humanism and much of Western art to ancient Greece. Discusses Kouroi and Korai figures and the architecture of the Parthenon. Identifies Roman art as inherently political art that concentrated on technical sophistication and detail. Traces the decline of humanistic values in the late antique period where classical themes and forms were adapted to serve Christian purposes. Features art experts John Boardman and Richard Brilliant. c1989. 60 min.

Athens Subway (Modern Marvels.; Athens subway)

Part public works project, part archeological excavation, the modernization of Athens' subway was a monstrous undertaking. Project engineers and archaeologists discuss the difficult balance between progress and preservation and how engineers had to resort to ingenious methods of building and tunneling so as not to harm Athens' ancient treasures. 2004. 50 min.

Classical Greek Philosophy (Great Ideas of Philosophy)

This program 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. Concepts are presented as articulated by key figures including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Heraclitus, Pythagoras, and the Milesian and Eleatic philosophers -- in combination with quotations drawn from Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Physics, and other influential sources -- make this program an excellent tool for building a solid understanding of Western philosophy.

Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story

Combining compelling narrative with state-of-the-art computer graphics and high-quality drama reconstruction, this production throws new light on the way Roman gladiators really fought and trained and reveals that many of them were the superstars of their age. BBC/Discovery Channel. 2005. 50 min.

Crete & Mycenae (Museum Without Walls)

Presents photographs showing the archaeological findings at Knossos and elsewhere on Crete, as well as Mycenae on the Greek mainland, in order to compare the cultural history of the Minoan civilization with that of Mycenae.c1970. 54 min.

Details of Roman life

Robert Erskine conducts viewers through rooms in the British Museum, explaining particular artifacts and discussing daily Roman life. Cicero's letters describe, and coins portray, Caesar, Pompey, Brutus, Marc Antony, Cleopatra, and Augustus; the appearance of art in the service of the state is defined by Virgil and illustrated by artifacts. The progression of emperors is recounted up to Vespasian. The next 150 years show the heyday of trade in the Roman Empire and reveal the variety and extent of the world of Roman objects. c1991. 26 min.

Diving for Roman Plunder (The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey, vol 4)

More than a century before the birth of Christ, a storm sank a Roman galley laden with plundered Greek treasures. Join Captain Cousteau and the Calypso crew in retrieving art objects from 200 feet beneath the surface, including two rare bronze statues. But this is more than an art recovery mission: an archaeologist seeks evidence supporting a theory that the Greeks may have held the key to the Industrial Revolution and modern computer technology. Originally broadcast on television in 1980 and 1982.

Europe: the Barbarian West. (Legacy ).

Civilization arose in Asia, but it was the West, evolving from Greece and Rome, which created the first world culture not only through its own genius but by borrowing from the legacies of the original five old world civilizations. c1991. 57 min.