Greek Fire: Politics & Sex (1991)

Genres - History  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Steve Blackburn

Volume two in the Greek Fire documentary series, Greek Fire: Politics & Sex, Vol. 2 features an examination of the pervasive ways in which the assumptions and beliefs of ancient Greece still influence modern Western society in the separate, but increasingly overlapping realms of politics and sex. The program looks at the attitudes and mores of ancient Greece, from their beliefs in democracy to the deep distrust of women by some of Greece's greatest philosophers. Plato admired homosexuality. Aristotle believed that women had no souls. The ancient Greeks didn't think mass democracy could work. The program poses the question of whether modern Western democracy has achieved the democratic ideals of classic Greece or fallen short.