300 - The Greatest Story NEVER Told, Until Now!
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The epic documentary "The First War for the West," a time when history became legend (8 Episodes). The perfect television documentary to complement the March 2014 movie "300 - Rise of an Empire," the sequel to the 2006 blockbuster movie "300"
"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."
-- Dr. Michael Scott, Host
Overall Synopsis: The first democracy in the world spawned the Greco-Persian Wars 2,500 years ago in Ancient Greece that shaped most of the world today (i.e., 9/11), 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, The Battles of Thermopylae, Marathon, Salamis and Plataea, The Roots of Democracy and, now, the story of Athenian Generals Miltiades (Father) and Kimon (Son).
Episode 1: THE BEGINNING:
Our modern connection to this period, the importance to us here and now. The three major players, Athens, Sparta and Persia. Greece & Persia, where each came from and what made them different to each other. A closer look at Athens and the beginnings of Democracy.
Episode 2. TREACHERY:
The Spartans and their unique position in Greece. How Greece & Persia came in to conflict. The disloyalty of Histiaeus. The Ionian Revolt, Kimon and Miltiades in Athens, meeting Isodice, Athenian betrayal, the first Persian Invasion. Events leading up to the Battle of Marathon including the mystery of Marathon.
Episode 3: MARATHON:
The Battle of Marathon, the Marathon Run, war heroes, the fall from grace of Kimon's family, prison, bankruptcy, incest, recovery and marriage. Why did the Athenians call for help, then attack the much larger Persian army at Marathon without waiting for that help?
Episode 4, RISE AND FALL: The Rise and Fall: Some myth busting about how the Greeks beat the Persians at Marathon after losing every Battle up to that time. The Marathon Run, war heroes, the fall from grace of Kimon's family, prison, bankruptcy, incest, recovery and marriage. Athens builds their fleet.
Episode 5, THE GREAT INVASION:
The Great Persian Invasion of Greece by King Xerxes, the construction of the bridges over the sea at Hellespont and the canal at Athos,and the lead up to the Battle of Thermopylae, days 1 and 2. The betrayal of Leonidas.
Episode 6: THERMOPYLAE AND SALAMIS:
The disaster of Thermopylae and sacrifice of the lives of Leonidas, his 300 Spartans and other Greeks, trying to delay the enormous Persian forces of King Xerxes. What really happened there? Were the 300 Spartans always on a suicide mission? The evacuation of Athens, Spartan timidity and indecision. Victory at the naval battle of Salamis Themistocles brings on the naval battle. The lead up to the Battle of Plataea.
Episode 7: THE DECISION IN GREECE:
Stabilization and the lead up to the Battle of Plataea. The Battle of Plataea and the pledge made there. The new League of Greek Allies (Delian League), Kimon made commander in chief.
Episode 8: THE AFTERMATH AND LEGACY:
Was it all worthwhile? Less than 50 years after the death of Kimon, why did the mighty hoplites of Kimon and Leonidas become the hirelings of Asia? The legacy of Greece. The legacy of Sparta.