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Title Inside the National Archaeological Museum of Athens / by David New
Published London : British Broadcasting Corporation, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (45 min.)
Series Art and architecture in video
Museum Secrets Specials
Summary The world's most important museum dedicated to the history of ancient Greece, the National Archaeological Museum displays 11,000 exhibits from 7000 BC to the Roman conquest. In this episode, we accelerate an ancient warship to ramming speed to discover why Athenian democracy beat Persian tyranny, then visit a king's grave to reveal how bogus archaeology helped fuel the pseudohistorical ravings of Adolf Hitler. We suit volunteers in armour made of bronze and armour made of linen, and then shoot arrows at them to discover which is better. (Spoiler: Alexander the Great preferred linen.) We visit the cave where Plato and Pythagoras secretly imbibed psychedelic chemicals, then go underground to face our fears in the labyrinth that inspired the myth of the Minotaur. And finally, we meet an engineer who has spent a lifetime recreating an ancient gadget called the Antikythera Mechanism to reveal its mysterious purpose
Notes In English
Subject Ethnikon Archaiologikon Mouseion (Greece)
Museums -- Greece.
Classical antiquities.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author New, David, director
Feore, Colm, 1958- narrator
British Broadcasting Corporation.