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The War That Never Ends


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A Late Show Special A timely version of Thucydides's History of the War Between Athens and Sparta, adapted by John Barton , Royal Shakespeare
Company Associate Director. Starring Ben Kingsley Don Henderson
Alec McCowen
In the 5th century BC, a war broke out in the eastern
Mediterranean between two powerful states. It lasted 27 years and destroyed an empire. As it began, Thucydides, an exiled general, started writing the story of what he believed would be the greatest war yet known. He has been called the world's first historian and war reporter, his book a classic account of political power, the mistakes that cause war and the tragedy of defeat. The War That Never Ends presents a timeless classic to throw a light on today's crisis in the Gulf.
Producer Michael Kustow Director Jack Gold


Adapted By: John Barton
Unknown: Ben Kingsley
Unknown: Don Henderson
Unknown: Alec McCowen
Producer: Michael Kustow
Director: Jack Gold
Pericles: Ben Kingsley
Socrates: Don Henderson
Thucydides: Alec McCowen

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The War That Never Ends

BBC Two England, 12 January 1991 21.30

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