Ancient Greece was the first major civilization to emerge in Europe. Its seat of power in Athens was crowned by the Acropolis, the famed city of the Gods. Kenneally explores the surviving remnants of this great civilization and its Gods, including the Parthenon, home to the goddess Athena and the most spectacular of the monuments of the Acropolis; Delphi, the "Vatican" of ancient Greece, where the god Apollo spoke through his Oracle; and the Greek colony of Paestum in southern Italy, site of a temple to Poseidon.
Is there a God? It's an eternal question that all ancient civilizations have answered. Not with just one God, but with hundreds of them. Bringing them to life on earth, they fashioned their images in wood, paint and stone. And built spectacular holy shrines to house them.
So what happened to these Gods? Do powerful faiths just vanish? Can Gods die? Are these once sacred sites the final resting places for long lost religions? And how can people who believed in so many deities for so long come to believe in just one, Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, and sweep the others to extinction? To answer these questions, Smithsonian Channel travels back thousands of years to the rise and fall of six ancient civilizations, the Egyptians, Greeks, Celts, Romans, Mayans and Incans, to finally reveal the mysteries behind their ancient gods. People of all devotions will be enlightened by this journey through faith and time.
Episode 1: The Egyptians
Episode 2: The Greeks
Episode 3: The Romans
Episode 4: The Maya
Episode 5: The Celts