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Athens: The Truth About Democracy (2007) - TV Movie
Classical historian Bettany Hughes explores Athens - a city lauded as the mainspring of Western-style democracy, liberty and freedom of speech. Heady words are used to describe Athenian life in the 5th century BC, 'a Golden Age', 'the Greek Miracle'. Reality, of course, was richer and more complex. In this timely series, new archaeological evidence and contributions from experts in the period combine to generate a powerful TV resource for students of the classical world. (Lion Television)
Using the Greek legend of Prometheus to study man's use and abuse of fire, fuel and technology, Harrison takes us on a European odyssey; from the Yorkshire mining pits to Greece, via Auschwitz and a Romanian carbon factory. Mocking us through Hermes, messenger of the gods, he underlines the pitiful plight of socialism and humanity, squandered for the sake of 'future technology'. (film4.com)
The Oresteia at Epidaurus (1983) - TV Special
Documentary about Peter Hall's production of Tony Harrison's adaptation of the Greek tragedy with the National Theatre actors at the amphitheatre where it was originally performed.
The murder of Agamemnon by Clytemnestra, the murder of Clytemnestra by Orestes, the trial of Orestes, the end of the curse on the House of Atreus and the pacification of the Furies. (imdb)