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Time Compass

Classical Greece (#103)

This episode introduces students to classical Greek society, from soldiers in the field, to beloved artists, Olympians, and philosophers. The military might of Greek city-states is discussed in reference to the action in the Iliad and the Odyssey and in a section on the lives of Spartan warriors. Students learn of the gods and goddesses of Olympus, the city-states that came together for the Olympic Games, and the amazing military and cultural achievement of Alexander the Great. Above all, they gain an understanding of how Greek morality, Greek ideals of beauty, and the habit of answering philosophical questions with logic and reason, have had a permanent effect on Western culture. The episode closes by mentioning events that were happening in Maya and Roman societies during this time. [19 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Based on a series of books, the Time Compass uses innovative and stylized animation to portray significant historical events and transport the viewer through time to ancient civilizations from around the world. From simple inventions to influencing our modern government, these societies have shaped the way we live today.

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