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The Ancient World episode 5 – The Spartans

The Ancient World episode 5 - The Spartans: Bettany Hughes chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most extreme civilisations the world has ever seen, one founded on discipline, sacrifice and frugality where the onus was on the collective and the goal was to create the perfect state and the perfect warrior.     Hughes reveals the secrets and complexities of everyday Spartan life; homosexuality was compulsory, money was outlawed, equality was enforced, weak boys were put to…

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The Ancient World episode 3 – The Minoans

The Ancient World episode 3 - The Minoans: In this fascinating feature-length documentary historian Bettany Hughes continues her history of the Ancient World with a visit to Crete to recount one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made.     The story of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth is perhaps the most compelling of all Greek myths. Just over 100 years ago, English archaeologist Arthur Evans went to the 'Minotaur's Island' to explore the roots of this myth and discovered…

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Read more about the article Civilisation episode 8 – The Light of Experience
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Civilisation episode 8 – The Light of Experience

Civilisation episode 8 - The Light of Experience: Kenneth Clark's story takes him from the Holland of Rembrandt and Vermeer to the London of Wren, Purcell and the Royal Society.     Kenneth Clark's classic 1969 series tracing the history of Western art and philosophy.   Civilisation episode 8 - The Light of Experience   Rembrandt Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch draughtsman, painter and printmaker. An innovative and prolific master in three media, he is generally considered one…

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Read more about the article Civilisation episode 7 – Grandeur and Obedience
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Civilisation episode 7 – Grandeur and Obedience

Civilisation episode 7 - Grandeur and Obedience: Sir Kenneth Clark presents one of the classic episodes of his history of the civilised culture of the western world. He examines the Catholic world in the 16th Century, especially the city of Rome which blossomed architecturally and sculpturally during the Counter Reformation under the hands of the baroque artist Bernini. This programme features the celebrated and stunning tracking shot through Raphael's Loggia.     Kenneth Clark's classic 1969 series tracing the history…

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Read more about the article Civilisation episode 5 – The Hero as Artist
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Civilisation episode 5 – The Hero as Artist

Civilisation episode 5 - The Hero as Artist: Kenneth Clark continues his personal reflections on civilisation with a look at Papal Rome in the early 16th Century.     Three great artists, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci are the chief protagonists in Clark's 'Individuals of Genius' theme. It takes him through the gardens and courtyards of the Vatican to the rooms decorated for the Pope by Raphael, and to the Sistine Chapel. Kenneth Clark's classic 1969 series tracing the…

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