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The Adventure of English: 500 A.D. to 2000 A.D.

What started as a minor Germanic dialect spoken by the Saxons became perhaps England’s greatest export. Written and presented by Melvyn Bragg, this eight-part series tells the story of how English became a global language. Along the way, each episode uses location footage, rare manuscripts, linguistic experts, and fascinating etymologies to chart the growth of English, its encounters with other languages, its history, and its far-ranging influence. 8-part series, 52 minutes each.

DVD is Subtitled  


Item#: BVL33208
Copyright date: ©2003
DVD (Chaptered) ISBN 978-0-7365-9239-0

The Series Includes : Birth of a Language | English Goes Underground | The Battle for the Language of the Bible | This Earth, This Realm, This England | English in America | Speaking Proper | The Language of Empire | Many Tongues Called English, One World Language
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Oedipus the King
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Sophocles often won the leading prize at the Dionysia, the principal dramatic festival of Athens; but Oedipus the King was a runner-up, winner of the second prize. Posterity, however, considers the play second to none. The play tells the beginning of...(more details)
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Sophocles: The Theban Plays
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The three Theban plays—Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone—tell the story of Oedipus and his family: of how the great king of Thebes was destroyed after he learned his true identity, of his mysterious death years later at Colonus, and ...(more details)
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Euripides: Medea
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This is the stunning Kennedy Center production of Euripides’s great classic about a woman driven by emotion beyond the brink of rationality. With Zoe Caldwell as Medea and Judith Anderson as the nurse. The English text is by Robinson Jeffers. (87 min...(more details)
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Do You Speak American?

Why is the English spoken by Maine lobstermen so different from the English spoken by Texas cowboys? What constitutes "standard English" in the U.S. today? Will Spanish displace English altogether? And how is English linked to issues of race, gender,...(more details)
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Flannery O'Connor
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Flannery O'Connor is often likened to Faulkner for her portrayal of the character and lifestyle of the South, Kafka for her fascination with the bizarre, and Beckett for her dark humor-comparisons that underscore the fact that her voice has a unique ...(more details)
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