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7639GREEKS, THE (CRUCIBLE OF CIVILIZATION)GREEKS, THE (CRUCIBLE OF CIVILIZATION)1999color180 mindvd It was perhaps the most spectacular flourishing of imagination and achievement in recorded history. In the 4th and 5th centuries BC, the Greeks built an empire that stretched across the Mediterranean from Asia to Spain. They laid the foundation of modern science, politics, warfare and philosophy, and produced some of the most breathtaking art and architecture the world has ever seen. 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, re-create the Battle of Marathon and restore the grandeur of the Academy, where Socrates, Plato and Aristotle forged the foundation of Western thought. Chapters include: 1. Introduction--Early Athens; 2. Pisistratus' Rule--The Growth of Athens; 3. Government in Chaos; 4. Revolution and Democracy; 5. The Battle of Marathon; 6. Preparation for War; 7. The Battle of Salamis; 8. Pericles Takes Athens to Glory; 9. The Building of the Parthenon; 10. Socrates the Philosopher; 11. Plague Strikes Athens; 12. Defeat in Sicily; 13. Defeat in the Peloponnesian War; 14. Socrates' Trial and Execution; 15. An Empire of the Mind. [Includes anamorphic (widescreen capability), additional interviews, director's comments, ROM elements including 3-D models and screen saver (QuickTime 4.1 application), chapter stops and a link to the web site with additional resources.]