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Subject: Civilizations

The major political, ideological, and artistic developments in the long-term history of any given geographic area or cultural group, usually broad in scope and big in history.

Athens: The Truth About Democracy (Athens: The Dawn of Democracy)

  • Director: Timothy Copestake
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

This new perspective on historical Athens discusses the fact that the democratic rights of a few were supported on the backs of many–those female, poor, or enslaved.

Byzantium: The Lost Empire

  • Director: Ron Johnston
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

The Byzantines were the last vestige of the Roman Empire and the first Christian Empire that, for 1,000 years, ruled an ever-shrinking empire that nevertheless created great art, literature, and the Hagia Sophia.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

  • Director: Werner Herzog
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Production Country: Canada, United States, France, Germany, United Kingdom

The prehistoric paintings in the Chauvet Cave in France are spectacularly displayed, providing learnings about primitive man from the oldest known depictions of humankind.

Civilisation (Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark)

  • Director: Michael Gill, Peter Montagnon, Ann Turner
  • Release Date: 1969
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

British art historian, Kenneth Clark, surveys the history of Western Civilization, highlighting what he believes are its defining moments and greatest achievements.

Göbekli Tepe: The World's First Temple

  • Director: Ahmet Turgut Yazman
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Production Country: Turkey, Egypt, India

A temple in Turkey predates pottery, the wheel, and agriculture, and rewrites our knowledge of the Mesolithic and Neolothic eras.

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