The First War for Western Civilization
This eight-episode series examines the 50 years of war between Persia and Greece over 2500 years ago, covering key battles and historical figures.
S01:E01 - The Beginning
Our modern connection to this period, the importance to us here and now. Three major players, Athens, Sparta and Persia. Greece & Persia, where each came from and what made them different to each other. A closer look at Athens and beginnings of Democracy.
S01:E02 - Treachery
Sparta and its unique position in Greece. How Greece & Persia came in to conflict. The Ionian Revolt, Kimon and Miltiades in Athens, meeting Isodice, Athenian betrayal, the first Persian Invasion. Events leading up to the Battle of Marathon.
S01:E03 - The Battle of Marathon
Events leading up to the Battle of Marathon including the mystery of Marathon. Why did the Athenians call for help, then attack the much larger Persian army at Marathon without waiting for that help? The Battle of Marathon.
S01:E04 - The Rise and Fall
The famous, original Marathon Run, war heroes, the fall from grace of Kimon’s family, prison, bankruptcy, incest, recovery, and marriage. Athens builds their fleet.
S01:E05 - The Great Invasion of Xerxes
The Great Persian Invasion of Greece by Persian King Xerxes, the construction of the bridges over the sea at Hellespont and the canal at Athos, and the lead up to the Battle of Thermopylae, days 1 and 2. The betrayal of Leonidas and his 300 Spartans.
S01:E06 - Leonidas and the 300 Spartans
Thermopylae: Leonidas and his 300 Spartans delay the enormous Persian forces of King Xerxes. Were the 300 Spartans always on a suicide mission? The evacuation of Athens. Spartan timidity and indecision. Themistocles brings on the naval battle at Salamis.
S01:E07 - The Decision in Greece
The finish of the naval battle of Salamis. The stabilization and the lead up to the Battle of Plataea, the final battle on the Greek mainland. The finish of the Battle of Plataea and the pledge made there.
S01:E08 - The Legacy and Aftermath
Sparta withdraws from the war against Persia. The new League of Greek Allies (Delian League), Kimon made commander-in-chief, Battle of Eurymedon (Kimon, Conqueror of Persia), and Kimon leads his troops into battle 30 days after his death! Peace of Kimon.
S01:E09 - The "Making Of" for "The First War for Western Civilization": Bonus Episode
A behind-the-scenes look at the story, the characters, and the production of "The First War for Western Civilization".