Explore the ancient history of The Greeks, an extraordinary people who invented democracy, distilled logic and reason, wrote plays to plumb the deepest recesses of the soul, and captured the perfection of the human form in athletics and art.
Throughout three different episodes, we’ll visit ancient Greece and delve into their rich history.
From their beginnings as hunter-gatherers in harsh, unforgiving landscapes; to surviving the worst collapse in human history; to facing off against the greatest empire the world had ever known, the Greeks would have to overcome incredible odds to pave the way for the modern West.
Episode 1: Cavemen to Kings
Our first episode uncovers the origin story of Greece, as the early Greeks rise from nothing and change everything — laying the groundwork for a revolution in human thought, politics and society.
Episode 2: The Good Strife
Episode two follows up on the ancient Greek people as they emerge from the first dark ages to compose timeless epics, compete in the original Olympic Games, conjure early theories of nature, and construct the world’s first democracy.
Episode 3: Chasing Greatness
The third and final episode takes on the height of ancient Greece. Here we’ll discover their revolutionizing art, architecture, drama, philosophy, government and war tactics that left a lasting legacy on the rest of the known world.
- Release date2016
- Full runtime
- Director(s)Chad Cohen
- Production companyNational Geographic Studios