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Ye Gods

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Part of the "This Is Civilization" series. Considers the debt Western civilization owes to paganism, Christianity, and Islam by showing how each religion has influenced the other and how the art of all three continues to exert an effect on the world. Matthew Collings points out the common humanity underlying three significantly different worldviews by highlighting the lifelike sculptures of ancient Greece, the primitive daubs in Roman catacombs, shimmering Byzantine mosaics, Renaissance crucifixion scenes, and the dazzling arabesques of Egyptian, Turkish, and Spanish mosques. NOTE: Includes some graphic nude images. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box.

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Low side angle shot of an ancient Greek statue showing the face of Artemis. Caption. Artemis is 1 of the main ones.
This Is Civilization
Episode 1
49 minutes 47 seconds
Grade Level: 12 -
Closeup of a stained glass window with the image of Jesus, eyes closed, head cradled by a person's hand who is out of view. An orange and red halo cross is visible behind his head. Caption. The bishop and local powerful people.
This Is Civilization
Episode 2
48 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 12 -
Closeup of a marble column decorated with a sculpture of John Ruskin's bust framed by large grape leaves. Caption. Simply by expressing himself.
This Is Civilization
Episode 3
48 minutes
Grade Level: 12 -
Closeup on a mosaic depicting Jesus standing between 2 angels. He's wearing brown robes with a halo cross visible behind his head. Caption. That was aspirational and idealized.
This Is Civilization
Episode 4
48 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 12 -