The Spartans

The Spartans

DVD - 2003
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Chronicles the rise and fall of the civilization of ancient Sparta, considering socio-economic, political and military aspects and influence on later Western culture. Key battles (Thermopylae, Sphakteria, Syracuse) and individuals (Leonidas, Lysander, Lycurgus, Agesilaos) are examined. Includes location footage and battle re-enactments.
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, c2003
ISBN: 9780780645257
Branch Call Number: 938.06 AV DVD SPA
938.06 AV DVD SPA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (180 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 01, 2017

Excellent. Well made and articulated

javacleve Nov 08, 2014

While this was well done and interesting, I'm absolutely shocked at the comment below that it was shown to a 5th grade class. There is extensive discussion about the forced homosexuality, many images of war, and fairly graphic descriptions of brutality such as dashing babies to pieces over a cliff if they were imperfect, etc. It is NOT confined to the beginning, so I wonder if that teacher actually paid attention during it. I would be scandalized if my child had watched this. Most definitely an adult video.

aaa5756 Nov 13, 2012

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

Nov 21, 2010

This is a brilliantly crafted documentary. The information is detailed and has great depth. It is well worth the three-hour length. I wholeheartedly recommend The Spartans for anyone who wants to sink his/her teeth into one of antiquity's greatest stories.

Jun 23, 2010

Nobody brings ancient Greek history to life like Bettany Hughes at her best. I majored in ancient history a long time ago but never really understood what the Peloponnesian Wars were all about . . . Ms. Hughes does an admirable job in clarifying these important historical events.

As a bonus, the series is beautifully filmed, with lots of nice Greek landscapes and art and archaeology. It's like a three-hour archaeological tour, with the best of guides to take you through your paces.

Niksa Jun 06, 2010

We're doing ancient Greece in my grade five class, and I showed this one to my class. There's some boring parts at the beginning, but the kids were really engaged when it came to explaining battles and warfare. A few references to sexual activities of the warriors towards the beginning, but okay to show overall.


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