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The Man History Forgot - Ancient Greece's Unsung Hero (4 Episodes)

Meet the Forgotten Favorite Son of the Golden Age of Greece.

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Meet the Forgotten Favorite Son of the Golden Age of Greece. He was the only Greek to fight for 40 years against the Persians at Marathon with Miltiades (against Persia's King Darius), at Thermopylae with Leonidas and the 300 Spartans (against Persia's King Xerxes), at Salamis with Themistocles (against Persia's King Xerxes) and at Plataea leading the battle against the Persians finally driving the them out of Greece. He was THE GREAT 'uniter' of Greece 200 years before ALEXANDER and the only General in history to have personally led his men into battle 30 days after he died! Were it not for his heroism, the Golden Age of Athens would not have occurred and Western Civilization would be vastly different, if not at all.

The series is adapted from the 8-part documentary The First War for Western Civilization.

Watch the free "Making of" special presentation.

Hosted by Michael Scott, Cambridge Nniversity

"Go back 2,500 years to the wars between ancient Greece (West) and Persia (East).  The Greco-Persian Wars 2,500 years ago were a clash between two peoples, two cultures, two systems of government and two continents.  The first clash between East and West.  A clash that has, sadly, continued all the way to today."
-Dr. Michael Scott, Host (NOVA, BBC, PBS, History Channel & More)

The first democracy in the world spawned the Greco-Persian Wars 2,500 years ago that shaped most of the world today, particularly our politics, but it also gave us some of the most iconic moments and curious mysteries in history...a time when history really did become legend. Leonidas and his 300 Spartans and The Battle of Thermopylae; the Battle of Marathon; Themistokles vs. Xerxes and Artemisia at the naval Battle of Salamis; The final battle at Plataea; The Roots of Democracy; and, now, the story of Athenian Generals Miltiades and our Forgotten Hero. 

However, other than the 3 days of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae, the rest of the 49 year war between Persia and Greece has been almost completely overlooked, and has never appeared in full as a documentary or drama. Presented by Dr Michael Scott of Cambridge University, with contributions from nine other experts and four researchers and using the latest research, satellite  positioning, and imagery, the series gives complete coverage of the story. Included is a detailed analysis of two of the oldest mysteries in history itself, what really happened at the Battle of Marathon and what really happened to King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at Thermopylae.  Re-examining the 2500 year old text of Herodotus, the “Father of History”, has revealed some missing links.

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Australian Director Stanislaw Karpinski appears at Opening Night Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

Answering some unanswered questions:

  • What was the real cause of the war?
  • How did the Greeks win, was it just legend and propaganda?
  • What really happened at the Battle of Marathon?
  • What was the real mission of Leonidas and the 300 Spartans?
  • Were Leonidas and the 300 always on a suicide mission?

The story is told through the life of our Forgotten Hero, a real person whose heroic military life coincided with these world changing events. Our Forgotten Hero was the wealthy son of a revered Athenian military leader who is credited with the victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Marathon, but died in an Athenian prison within a year. Our Forgotten Hero was a drunken womaniser in his early life, and his story includes his incestuous seduction by his sister (frowned on but not illegal at that time) and his love for the woman Isodice. Although his fortune is lost through no fault of his own, it is regained by an action which leaves him feeling guilty through his life, and, most of all, his courage and love for Athens and Greece, for which he sacrifices these other loves. He never sought political power but was the architect of the rise of Greek power to its greatest height.

The life of our Forgotten Hero has remained in the shadow of other heroism during the period, but he came closest to uniting Greece, and humbled the mighty Persian Empire in the process.

While being historically accurate, research has produced an engaging story with all the dramatic elements, the loves and courage of our Forgotten Hero, the treacheries of Histiaeus and Ephialtes, the ambition of Mardonius, the heroism of Leonidas, the arrogance of Xerxes, and more. Most of all, this production is detailed and informative, keeping your interest while history unfolds. It shows the brilliant tactics and good fortune of the Greeks while defending their country against the Persian Kings Xerxes and Darius and their vast army and navy. It dispels many of the myths surrounding the story.

It is told as a docu-drama with narration and expert analysis. Every major event and battle is covered in detail and there is extensive use of satellite based maps. Most Historians include this period as the first major turning point in history, as a free Greece was the source of many ideas that influenced and changed the world. The fledgling Athenian democracy had to win to survive and is the basis for the most pervasive form of government in the world today. But Sparta has given us an equally important and different legacy.

Shot in Australia and Greece, and using actual back-plates from Greece, this production involved nearly 400 actors and extras.  Computer 3D modelling and special effects bring the ancient Greek and Persian cities and battlefields to life.  It is shot on widescreen HD video.

No stone is left unturned. The six major battles are covered in detail with technical direction by Dr Chris Matthew, historian, and author of A Storm of Spears. It includes a myth busting section to show how the Greeks actually turned the tables on the huge, all conquering Persian army.

Structure and Episode Outline (Top of page)
The Man History Forgot, Ancient Greece's Unsung Hero is structured in 4 episodes (each averaging 44 minutes).  The DVD set on 2-DVDs (Blu-Ray on one disc)

Structure and Episode Outline

Episode 1: Ancient Greece: The Forgotten Son

Episode 2. Battle of Marathon Triumph, His Fall and Redemption

Episode 3: The 300 Die; Ancient Greeks in Peril

Episode 4: Salamis and Plataea Triumphs, Another Fall and His Legacy


  • Greece vs. Persia 2500 years ago.
  • 50 actors, 350 extras, 10 experts and 4 researchers.
  • An event that has done more to shape the way the world is today than any other.
  • For the first time anywhere, the FULL story of the greatest war of all time.
  • Presented by Dr Michael Scott of Cambridge University.
  • Dispelling the myths and legends and revealing the full story.
  • The latest research, satellite imagery, re-enactments and ballistic tests.
  • The missing links from the ancient texts of Herodotus.
  • The Legacy.
  • No major detail left out.
  • The actual battlefields, the tactics, the strategies, the weapons.

The series is adapted from the 8-part documentary The First War for Western Civilization.

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