The Ascent of Civilisation (1) German documentary series from 2014 Genre: Documentary This episode: Imaginative animation and entertaining narrative combine in an extraordinary exploration of Greece and the rise of an ancient super-power that would leave a permanent mark on western society. What were the Vikings really like? What did the Romans accomplish? And do the achievements of the ancient Greeks live on in us today? This series questions myths and unravels age-old clich?s about these ancient cultures. It examines their strange and sometimes amusing idiosyncrasies, gives fresh insights into who they really were, and provides a novel take on their societies. This is a new look at the Ancients, peppered with surprising new revelations, that will change our perception of them.