Voices Of The Ancient World

Two programmes exploring the life of the ancient Greeks.

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01Greeks In Private20000425

How much do we know about the private lives of the ancient Greeks? James Davidson argues that despite our vaunted individualism and hard-won rights people today live far more highly regulated and state-dominated lives than our did our ancient ancestors.

02 LASTOlympic Greeks20000428

James Davidson explores the Greeks' obsession with the body brilliant.

Poorer Greeks got their muscles from agricultural labour, better-off citizens exercised naked in a gymnasium, and any Spartan man who refused to improve his physique faced expulsion.

Would Britain do better at games if we emulated our ancient ancestors?