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The First War for Western Civilization

352 min  | Spoken Language: English

The First War for Western Civilization (8 Episodes; 352 Minutes)
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Dr. Michael Scott, HOST (as seen on NOVA, History Channel, PBS, BBC, National Geographic Channel, etc).

"Let us 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 people, 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."  

Great TV companion to the hit movie "300".

A Time When History Became Legend

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 (Father) and Kimon (Son).


1) The Beginning: Athens, Sparta and Persia
2) Treachery
3) The Battle of Marathon
4) Rise and Fall
5) The Great Invasion of Xerxes
6) Thermopylae (Leonidas & the 300 Spartans) & Salamis (Themistocles, Artemisia)
7) Decision in Greece
8) Aftermath and Legacy
+ 22 minute "Making of" bonus!

Dr. Michael Scott, host and narrator for "The First War for Western Civilization."
Dr. Michael Scott
Cambridge & Bristol Universities, England
Picture Gallery from The First War for Western Civilization (click on images to enlarge)