They were an extraordinary people born of white rock and blue sea. They 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. Quite simply, the Greeks created our world. Today, of course, Greece conjures very different images: civic unrest, financial meltdowns, long ATM lines.
Discover how the ancient Greeks finally reached the peak of civilization—revolutionizing art, architecture, drama, philosophy and government—and left a legacy that still points the way forward.
Explore history as the ancient Greeks 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.
Uncover the origin story of Western civilization, as the early Greeks rise from nothing and change everything — laying the groundwork for a revolution in human thought.
They were an extraordinary people born of white rock and blue sea. They 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. Quite simply, the Greeks created our world.
In a stunning performance at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Greek actors dramatize the story of the rebellious god Prometheus, who stole fire from Mt. Olympus and gave it to human beings, endowing them with the tools to develop civilization on their own.
After suffering through centuries of Draconian law and aristocratic rule, Athenians take the astonishing step of empowering the common people. After several violent fits and starts, the most successful form of governance in history is invented.
Starting with their famous 16-pound shields, the ancient Greeks beat back invading Persian forces by adhering to strategy of mutual protection. Bolstered by the bonds in their community and a sense of brotherhood, the Greeks routed the much larger Persian army in this epic battle.
We like to think we live in a democracy but an ancient Athenian might beg to differ. Unlike our system where citizens are beholden to the will of chosen leaders, in early Greece each person voted on laws, funding measures, or whether or not a leader should remain in power.
By way of an up close look at Socrates in his own words, we learn how the father of Western philosophy operated. Applying his inquisitive mind all over town, Socrates built influence through pesky persistence.
Archaeologists working at Alepotrypa Cave uncover skeletons and other artifacts that offer a glimpse at Greece in the Neolithic Era — a time brought to vivid life by vibrant animations depicting the earliest civilizations in Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China.
Mycenaean civilization, along with many of its neighbors around the Mediterranean and beyond, succumbs to an epic collapse that effectively brings about the end of the Bronze Age — and that eerily echoes the state of the world today.
Stunning animations bring to life the dramatic origins of Greek mythology’s titans and gods as Gaia, Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Athena and all the others emerge from the void at the dawn of the universe to oversee that lowly mortal species: human beings.
We’ve got a front row seat for a riveting performance that depicts the trial of Socrates. Though we remember him as an iconic early advocate of free speech, in his day Socrates was ultimately sentenced to death for pushing the rules too far.
Six miles inland from the nearest coast, the site of Miletus holds clues to the origins of scientific inquiry. 2,500 years ago, silt from the nearby Maeander River destroyed the harbor within a generation. Instead of blaming the gods, however, citizens of Miletus, for the first time, attributed the phenomenon to natural causes.
In the massive shadow of Mt. Olympia, stunning graphics depict the worldwide draw of the early Olympics. Sprinters from Italy, chariot racers from North Africa and boxers from the Greek Islands proudly descend on Athens to engage in fierce competition.
Studying the gorgeous, ancient Cup of Nestor, you begin to get a sense of the character of the Greek people in the 8th Century B.C.. With just three lines of verse, the first example of Greek letters that we have aren’t some law or screed, but a message of amorous love.
Discover how the ancient Greeks finally reached the peak of civilization — revolutionizing art, architecture, drama, philosophy and government — and left a legacy that still points the way forward.
Explore history as the ancient Greeks 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.
At the archaeological site of Iklaina, Michael Cosmopoulos and his team uncover an artifact that may appear insignificant, but actually changes our entire understanding of how states formed in ancient Greece.