Documentary Review: Who Were the Ancient Greeks? by Michael Scott

This documentary aired earlier this year as a two- part series exploring every aspect of the lives of Ancient Greeks from their love lives to their politics (sometimes with it overlapping).

This television series was presented by Michael Scott who, according to his website, is "an Assistant Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick". Personally, I had never heard of him before this programme. I have since watched Scott present the documentary "Mystery X Tombs" about a Roman Burial but he was fairly unknown when "Who Were the Ancient Greeks?" aired on BBC TWO in June/July. Also, with there only being two episodes I was sceptical that he would cover much in depth. I was wrong.

Within the first two minutes of watching it was clear that Scott's passion would not allow a stone to be unturned. Each area of focus (and there were many) was introduced and explored with an in depth knowledge, and a comfort that is rare when watching a documentary.  Every argument was linked expertly to the next and context was given for those who do not have any experience in this area (like me). Scott was also allowed to see brand new technologies, such as being able to see the paint pigment which was once on the white statues and buildings we know.

Scott's enthusiasm was contagious and the topics he picked perfect for getting more than you would usually get in a 6 part series.

Rating: 4.5/5


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