Ancient Worlds (2010– )

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An Ancient society is examined, but not just from a historical point of view. The researchers try to present and approach it as if they lived in that Classical or earlier culture, religion etcetera.

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An Ancient society is examined, but not just from a historical point of view. The researchers try to present and approach it as if they lived in that Classical or earlier culture, religion etcetera.

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Poorly done, lots of generizizations,
21 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went into this series with high hopes. So much work is being done especially in fresh views on ancient and classical near eastern and historiography But this series is a big let down for anyone with a decent background in history. It is chock full of generalizations, patronizing views, projecting of modern morality, and frankly biases. It is an impressionistic set of distortions.

The ancient Assyrians are essentially painted as a massive rapacious war machine when the evidence of Assyrian art and culture, and relative behavior of other empires or expanding states, are left out of the equation.

The ancient Greeks get a real drubbing, in an episode that is absurdity piled on absurdity to the point of near hate speech. The presenter, Miles, treatment of Solon is snarky, not based on fact, and simply idiotic.

The reliance on biblical texts, which we now rightly see as highly prejudicial to Judea's competitors, is strange in modern historiography. Miles goes on about supposed child sacrifice by Phoenicians and Ba'al worshipers when most historians now see that as propaganda and the supposed sites are now seen as likely simply child burial grounds.

I would stick with Woods work or another new BBC series "BBC Bible's Buried Secrets" for more sober, less judgmental and more factual documentary treatment of ancient hisotry of the region.


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