Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth


Series 1 - Episode 2 Kings



In the first episode of his captivating series, Dr Michael Scott and his cabal of genial academics explored how Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles not only created drama as we know it, but also reflected the lives and concerns of a newly democratic Athens at its height. Now he continues into the fourth century BC, as the status of drama rose in exact opposition to the status of Athens. An almost constant state of war (and usually defeat) and the rise of kings and tyrants saw “the city” become just “a city”, but drama itself – and its performers – spread their wings across the known world, and a whole new type of theatre was born. High-class but not highbrow, this is exemplary entertainment.


Classicist Michael Scott looks at the prevalence of theatre throughout Greece as Athens began to decline during the fourth century BC, and how it conceived a new kind of comedy that is still popular today. Featuring contributions by professors Edith Hall and Paul Cartledge.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Michael Scott
Contributor Edith Hall
Contributor Paul Cartledge
Contributor Rosie Wyles
Contributor Oliver Taplin
Contributor Ian Ruffell
Contributor Kostas Georgousopoulos
Director Catherine Abbott
Executive Producer Harry Bell
Producer Catherine Abbott
Series Producer David Wilson
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