In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

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Original run: 14 Jul 1998 – 4 Aug 1998

Country of origin: US

Genre: History

Network: PBS US

Watched by: 9 of 706 836 0%

Total running time: 4 hours

Episode duration: 60 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.4 of 10 385

MyShows rating: 3 of 5 3

Description

British filmmaker Michael Wood embarks on an idiosyncratic journey of 20,000 miles tracing the expedition of Alexander the Great in this captivating documentary. Relying on the words of Greek and Roman historians, Wood sought to follow Alexander's route of world conquest as closely as possible, and it is simply amazing how much folklore about the great general he is able to pick up on the way. Beginning in Greece and proceeding through 16 countries, including Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, and India, Wood listens intently to local storytellers who are still passing down the legends of Alexander. In one fascinating segment, Wood is barred from entering Iraq, but he is able to view the terrain on which Alexander's troops faced the Persians by scanning the radar screens of an American AWACS plane patrolling high above.


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