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Anthro 205

01 June, 2005

 

Greece: A Moment of Excellence

            Classical Greece has been one of the civilizations that has interested and fascinated me since I was a very young child.  As such, going into this video, I didnft anticipate a slew of new knowledge, more as if I were going to be revisiting an old friend.  For the most part, I was right; about the only thing that surprised me was the miniscule time period in which the greats of Classical Greece existed.

            I had had no idea how short that time span actually was; to learn it put the whole affair in a new perspective for me.  It was kind of saddening to learn that the halcyon days of Greece lasted only about a century.  So much happened in so little time, that it always seemed that it must have been at least five times that long, that the golden age of Greece must have lasted.

            And yet, when I think about it, Socrates was the teacher of Plato, who was the teacher of Aristotle – it couldnft have lasted for so long, after all.  Still, rather depressing in a way.

            One of the interesting pieces of information that Ifve actually only read in one other place, was about the cult of Dionysus.  I have to give the film credit for dealing with that – itfs far from what could be called ecommon knowledgef about Classical Greece.

            That lead into the one thing in the film that my knowledge was actually rather fuzzy on – the origins of theater.  I had always known that the Western theater tradition originated with religion, but I hadnft any clue that it probably had it roots in the Dionysan cults.

            All in all though, this film was a lovely trip down memory lane, so to speak, and didnft lessen my love of Classical Greece one bit – even if it did somewhat change the perspective of my awe.