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  • Educator Robert Garland
  • Director Michael Kalopedis
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Producer Zedem Media
  • Designer Jeanne Bornet
  • Storyboard Artist Michael Papanicolaou
  • Animator Andria Pourouti
  • Sound Designer Andreas Trachonitis
  • Associate Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson


Additional Resources for you to Explore
Want to learn more about life in the ancient world? Check out The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World, written by the educator. You can also watch this video or this one.

In what ways is the Athenian political system similar to the modern-day campaign trail? Read about a young statesman named Alcibiades, an Athenian billionaire who tried to achieve political prestige.

Are Athenian politicians similar to the ones we have today? Find out in this piece: More than 2,000 Years Ago Sophocles Wrote About a Leader Who Contravenes Social Norms.

Don’t forget to check out this TED-Ed lesson, which also delves into the details of Athenian democracy.