Airdate: The Greeks

History series The Greeks is likely to be popular in Melbourne and one particular Gogglebox household.

This 3 part series begins on SBS on Sunday.

They were an extraordinary people born of white rock and blue sea. They invented democracy, distilled logic and reason, wrote plays to plumb the deepest recesses of the soul and captured the perfection of the human form in athletics and art. Quite simply, the Greeks created our world.

These days, Greece conjures up very different images: civic unrest, financial meltdowns, and long ATM lines. But if history has taught us anything, it’s that strife and discord are often required for greatness. Ancient Greece was born out of chaos – economic and environmental collapse, political turmoil and brutal warfare. And yet, it alone became the cornerstone of Western civilisation.

The Greeks delves into the lives of our trailblazing forebears. Archaeologists, historians, scientists, athletes, actors and artists excavate the past and explore its impact on the world’s present, and ultimately on the future.

Season One, Episode One: Cavemen to Kings
Uncover the origin story of Western civilisation as the early Greeks rise from nothing and change everything; laying the groundwork for a revolution in human thought.

Sunday, 8 October at 7.30pm on SBS.


  1. It was new and quite reasonable with many of the ‘usual suspects’ as on screen experts but it would be interesting to see a grudge match between its makers and the recent Phoenicia/Carthage doco producers over which lot had the greater influence on the modern world…

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