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The Greeks

The Greeks

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.

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/QsDSFeqFwFpjlkwN3u1ywQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false 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. /episodes/get/44473 /episode/44473 Chasing Greatness /episode-player/44473

Watch as ancient Greece's legacy is invoked in Athens and at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Take a look back at its rise and fall, which might not only help us understand the challenges we face now, but also point toward a better future.

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Mon, 07/04/2016 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/SLW_PSPAtSLU3Dvj3pAebg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false 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. /episodes/get/44138 /episode/44138 The Good Strife /episode-player/44138

Watch as ancient Greeks strive for excellence, strife proves to be an inescapable certainty-and it's not long before the rising civilization and all that it promises will face its gravest tests.

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Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/5Y1N3Scv1upgwH92bZJVdw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false 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. /episodes/get/43535 /episode/43535 Cavemen to Kings /episode-player/43535

Uncover the first draft of Western civilization, which, though it met a spectacular end, laid the groundwork for the revolution in human thought that was to come.

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Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:00
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