Base Camp is where visitors go to relax, unwind, and get familiar with an anthology of earlier material.

Athens: From Democracy To Hemlock – 6. The Golden Age

Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to Pericles, Aspasia, Alcibiades and friends”, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Note: this post was based on ten YouTube clips, which have been taken down since then. The post corresponds to roughly one-tenth-length of the series.

The Delian League of Athens – The Big Olive – Quality of life – Themistocles ostracized – Pericles rises to power – A city fit to rule an empire – Glorious new vision – The Parthenon – Spiritual heart of the city – Statue of Athena – The Parthenon Frieze – Democracy heroized – Ideals you can aspire to

The Parthenon west pediment features Athena fighting Poseidon over patronage of the city

The Delian League promotes a climate of commerce in the region, and Athens, now the undisputed leader of the League, finds itself in the middle of a vast trade network. The city’s economy grows, and so does her power.

Themistocles, proud vanquisher of the Persians, makes enemies during his illustrious political career. He’s eventually ostracized by Athenians, and spends the rest of his life in exile, dying in Persia, the country he had helped defeat.

Pericles, noble aristocrat, is voted in office to lead Athens into a new age. His vision includes the building of the Parthenon, a glorious monument to the patron goddess Athena, encapsulating the city’s’ greatness.

From the phenomenal Atlantic Productions Documentary Series, The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

Narrator: Liam Neeson