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Classicist Dr Michael Scott looks at the dramatic decline of Athens and the remarkable triumph and transformation of theatre. During the 4th century BC Athens would lose its Empire, its influence and even its democracy. But theatre, that most Athenian of inventions, would thrive, spreading throughout the Greek world and beyond and giving rise to a new kind of comedy, one so popular and prevalent that it is still at the heart of our comedy today.

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1 hour

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Wed 15 Mar 2017 02:00


Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Scott
Series ProducerDavid Wilson
DirectorCatherine Abbott
Executive ProducerHarry Bell
ProducerCatherine Abbott

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