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John M. Kelly Library

Documentaries: The Ancient World

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This page lists documentaries about human history before 400 A.D. It includes DVDs on ancient Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, and Egypt.

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The Age of Pericles

DF227 .M35 2004 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

DF234 .M35 2000 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Ancient Empires before Alexander

D80 .D57 2009 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Ancient Greek Civilization

DF77 .M35 1998 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

The Archaeology of Jerusalem from David to Jesus

DS109 .A7 2007 DVD
74 minutes
A video jouney through Jerusalem's archaeological past with Biblical Archaeology Review editor Hershel Shanks.

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Books That Have Made History

Z1035 .A1 F437 2005 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.
Includes lectures on Homer's Iliad, Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, the Bhagavad Gita, Gilgamesh, Aeschylus' Oresteia and Prometheus Bound, Euripides' Bacchae, Plato's Phaedo and Republic, Vergil's Aeneid, Pericles Oration, Confucius' The Analects, Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and Cicero's On Moral Duties.

Byzantium: The Lost Empire

DR481 .B99 2007 DVD
208 minutes
A Learning Channel documentary on the Byzantine Empire, shot on location in nine countries.

Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clark

CB203 .C48 2006 DVD
13 (30 minute) programs; released 1969.
Art historian Sir Kenneth Clark examines the breadth of Western European culture, defining what he considers to be the crucial phases of its development. This lavish series was hailed as a masterpiece when it was broadcast in 1969. Directed by Michael Gill and Peter Montagnon.

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Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

DE3 .C537 2006 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Emperors of Rome

DG201 .F343 2007 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Famous Romans

DG203 .F43 2001 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Foundations of Western Civilization

CB245 .N62 2002 DVD
48 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

DS734.95 .H36 2004 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor

DR431 .H37 2001 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Great Battles of the Ancient World

D431 .F343 2005 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Greece and Rome

DE86 .G74 2008 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

The Greeks

DF78 .G747 2000 DVD
165 minutes; mini-series released 2001.
The story of ancient Greece's Golden Age as told through the lives of some of its most prominent figures, including Cleisthenes, Themistocles, Pericles, and Socrates. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Directed by Cassian Harrison.

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Herodotus: The Father of History

D56.52 .H45 V36 2002 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

A History of Britain

DA1 .H57 2002 DVD
900 minutes; released 2000-2002.
Written and hosted by historian Simon Schama, this mini-series enlivens British history from its ancient beginnings to the 20th Century, highlighting the epic themes and towering figures that transformed an island "at the edge of the world" into an empire. Directed by Ian Bremner.

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The History of Ancient Egypt

DT83 .B75 2003 DVD
48 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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The History of Ancient Rome

DG213 .F34 1999 DVD
48 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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The Iliad of Homer

PA4157 .A2 V36 1999 DVD
12 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

DF234 .I5 2004 DVD
240 minutes
British journalist Michael Wood follows the path of Alexander the Great and his army from Macedonia to the Himalayas and beyond in the fourth century B.C.

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An Introduction to Greek Philosophy

B108 .R66 2002 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

D121 .N635 2008 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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The Odyssey of Homer

PA4167 .V36 1999 DVD
12 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Pyramid

Pyramid

DT63 .P9 1995 VHS
60 minutes
An introduction to the Egyptian pyramid showing how it was constructed and used. Hosted by David Macaulay

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Rome and the Barbarians

DG270 .H37 2004 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Roman City

Roman City

TA80 .R6 R65 2006 DVD
60 minutes
The construction of a fictional but representative Roman city in Gaul, showing how the city acted as both a commercial and political unit. Hosted by David Macaulay.

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The World of Byzantium

DF552 .H37 2001 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.