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In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great [DVD]

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  • Actors: Michael Wood
  • Directors: David Wallace
  • Writers: Michael Wood
  • Producers: Laurence Rees, Leo Eaton, Rebecca Dobbs
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BBC/2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002CH90K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,150 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Michael Wood travels by bus, boat and train from Europe to India, retracing the journey taken by the army of Alexander the Great. Along the way he visits the Khyber Pass, the Indus River and the Makran Desert, investigating the myths which still surround one of the planet's greatest historical figures.

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Historian 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. In the course of his travels, Wood passes through four war zones and he notes that strategic regions of Alexander's day are still "on the fault lines of history". This is a lengthy production, clocking in at almost four hours, but the relaxed pace is a virtue, as Woods and the people he meets along the way, from local storytellers to noted historians, pass along an amazing array of historical knowledge. Lovers of history will find this documentary to be a joy and may well find themselves savouring every mile of Alexander's great journey. --Robert J. McNamara --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.


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