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"Engineering an Empire" The Persians (2006)

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Writers:
Hassan Ildari (writer)
Ed Fields (senior writer)
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Original Air Date:
4 December 2006 (Season 1, Episode 8)
Plot:
The rise and fall of the Persian Empire, 580 BC to 320 BC. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Peter Weller ... Himself - Host
Michael Carroll ... Narrator
Beeta Hadian ... Persian / Athenian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Spyros Bakas ... Spartan Hoplite

Sully Chaudhry ... Prince of Persia
Siso Kamburov ... Prince Xerxes (as Svilen Kamburov)

Scott C. Roe ... Alexander the Great / Persian Worker

Craig Sawyer ... Greek General
Michael Woxland ... Persian
Randi Woxland ... Persian

Lisha Yakub ... Queen of Persia

Episode Crew
Directed by
Hassan Ildari 
Mark Cannon (series director)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ed Fields  senior writer
Hassan Ildari  writer

Produced by
Hassan Ildari .... producer
Randy Martin .... series producer
Bobby Munster .... technical producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Boyer 
Michael Richard Plowman 
 
Production Management
Jerome F. Calimeri .... production manager
Ari Cheren .... production manager on location
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randi Woxland .... first assistant director
 
Visual Effects by
Linda Beck .... animation and effects producer
Gabriel Gornell .... visual effects executive producer
Lucien Harriot .... visual effects supervisor
Michael Heinz .... cg supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Bradley .... key grip
Ryan Copeland .... first assistant camera
Ryan Copeland .... lighting technician
Josh Ingalls .... gaffer
Adam Silver .... camera operator
Chris Updegrave .... best boy electric
Chris Updegrave .... best boy grip
 
Editorial Department
Jerome Bourgeois .... post-production coordinator
Will Cox .... colorist
Sandy Patch .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Codine Williams .... production accountant
Michael Woxland .... production assistant
 

Series Crew
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Produced by
Dolores Gavin .... executive producer
Bill Hunt .... executive producer
Vincent Kralyevich .... executive producer
Kristine Sabat .... executive producer
 
Production Companies

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Fabulous!, 31 December 2006
Author: ssnawab from United States

Western ethnocentricity has grossly biased written history. Most books/programs are published with western audiences in mind, and cater to ego-stroking themselves; namely, to make Western civilization look superior. Ever seen a program on the History channel showing the war from the Japanese perspective (and how they killed Americans who were attacking them?). Of course not, it is only about a few Americans who killed ten times as many Japanese. This is imbalance is also well illustrated in the case of the history of the Persians. Nearly (if not all) programs/documentaries seen on TV or in the movies, discuss the Persians only to serve Greek braggadocia ("300 hundred Greeks stopped 2 million Persians...Only 164 Greeks were killed in the battle, 250,000 Persians were killed). Give me a break. Even the most powerful military in human history (the USA) with stealth jets, night vision, bullet-proof vests and so on, lose more soldiers in battles with untrained troops. Sadly, people have believed this propaganda as fact. The truth is that even Greek historians (namely Herodotus) wrote his "Histories" generations after the events (interesting that Persian ambassador to Greece Cyrus Spitama had written that he was outraged by Herodotus' reading of the Persian Wars in public; he said the Herodotus had gotten it all wrong, including the events themselves; he also criticized Herodotus for not having been there; Cyrus Spitama was present during the Wars). But hey, it showed us that if you want to tell the story of History, you need to write it yourself! The Greeks did exactly that! The Persian Wars were not so much about the despotic East trying to extinguish the "freedom-loving" Greeks. Greece was not a democracy. Only the city state of Athens enjoyed democracy for a short time. It was decimated quickly by the other Greek states that were very much ruled by iron-gloved kings. The Macedonians (who were not Greeks, and may not have spoken Greek) were despised in Greece as being barbaric and cruel. The Macedonians conquered by military force the other Greeks. When Alexander of Macedon died, there were great celebrations in Greece. The Macedonians were more akin to Bulgarians (scholars believe there may have been some glaze of Greek culture and influence though). Remember, the Persian Wars were not started because the Persian King Darius wanted to crush Greeks. It started because Athens supported a Greek citizen rebellion and city burning in Sardis (now Turkey), one of the major Persian capitals. Athens in fact back- stabbed Darius I (the Great), who had helped Athens when they asked him protect them from the Spartans (by providing resources to them). He obliged and Athens was saved. Needless to say, he was miffed when they back-stabbed him. Also, Alexander of Macedon attacked Persia unprovoked 200 years later, killed some one million people (some say more), conquered the empire of the Persians, and died. This documentary is the first that I have seen that talks about the Persians in a favorable light (in fact the Persians were spoken of in a favorable light by all of the other major sources in the ancient world except the Greeks; namely, Jewish and other eastern sources). The Persians were written about as tolerant rulers - arguably history's first - as the documentary points out. It was the FIRST multiethnic, multilingual world empire. The Greeks referred to all foreign speakers as "barbarians". This did NOT mean that they were primitive. It meant that they spoke "Bar Bar" (i.e. you can't understand them! Sounds like gibberish). In fact, there was nothing in the Greek world at the time to rival Babylon, Susa, or Persepolis (interesting that in the movie "Alexander", the Greeks comment that "Aristotle never saw this", meaning he assumed non-Greeks were inferior, but Babylon was the New York City of the ancient world with more than 2 million inhabitants!). Actually, as far as the civilized world was concerned at the time, the Greeks were seen as rough-edged farmers and sea-farers on the fringes of civilization (of course, the Greeks didn't see themselves as the fringes of civilization!). I for one don't believe that democracy or the Greek way would've been destroyed by the Persians. The Persians left people largely alone to live as they were. They had to however acknowledge the Persian King, provide troops as needed for security of the region, and pay taxes once per year according to a sliding scale (they did this during the New Year celebrations at Persepolis; FYI the Persians didn't use slave labor, the paid all of their laborers, including paying women twice as much because they had to care for children!!). Sounds a bit like the USA (okay, minus the democracy part and the paying women more). When Alexander conquered Persia and died, his Greek generals fought over the spoils, each taking their own piece. The were KINGS in their lands. They did NOT implement democracies! In fact, many people such as the Jews saw the Seleucid rule of the Greeks as a terribly intolerant time. It has been said that Persian culture and language is to the East what Greco-Roman culture is to the West. Architecture of the eastern world (Islamic), is largely based on Parthian-Sassanid Pre-Islamic Persian architecture (domes, iwans, gardens, minarets, reflecting pools, etc...). As the documentary concludes, "Alexander didn't create an empire, he conquered one. One created by Cyrus the Great 200 years before. Persian culture, sophistication, and luxury were around long before Alexander was born, and survives long after he was gone." Now if the History channel can do the same for the other non-Western cultures (e.g. China). Greece, Rome, Persia, Mesopotamia, China, and others are the pillar civilizations of the world. We really should be giving them their due. After all, most of the world is not Western civilization!

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