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Greenlit: Greek Myths – Tales Of Travelling Heroes, BBC4

Greek Myths – Tales Of Travelling Heroes – Pre-eminent classical historian Robin Lane Fox takes viewers on a journey in search of the origins of Greek legend.  Robin believes these fantastical stories lie at the root of western culture, and yet little is known about where the myths of the Greek gods came from and how they developed. After 35 years of travelling, excavation and interpretation, he is now confident he has uncovered answers.

From the ancient lost city of Hattusas in modern Turkey to the smouldering summit of the Sicilian volcano Mount Etna, Greek Myths – Tales Of Travelling Heroes takes viewers on a dazzling voyage through the Mediterranean world of the 8th-century BC, following in the slipstream of an intrepid and mysterious group of merchants and adventurers from the Greek island of Euboea.

Along the way, he brings to life exuberant tales of castration and baby eating, the birth of human sexual love, and the titanic battles with giants and monsters from which the gods of Greek myth were to emerge victorious.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: BBC Productions

TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011

Source: BBC Press Office


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