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Richard Bangs’ Adventures With Purpose: Greece: Quest For The Gods

Airs Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Renowned adventurer and award-winning travel writer Richard Bangs explores the Temple of Apollo at Ancient Delphi, Greece on his latest American Public Television special.

A statue of Poseidon, god of the sea and of earthquakes in Greek mythology.
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Above: A statue of Poseidon, god of the sea and of earthquakes in Greek mythology.

Ancient Greece produced one of humankind's most extraordinary period of cultural and intellectual transformation. From this prolific era sprang the very essence of Western civilization: poetry and architecture, the sciences and a democratic form of government.

Essential to this revolution of human thought stood the powerful and revered deities of Greek mythology. They touched every aspect of life and influenced every action; yet somehow, they vanished from modern cosmology, leaving behind only temples, ruins, and a collection of strange but magnificent stories.

Richard Bangs at waterfall in Mt. Olympus.
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Above: Richard Bangs at waterfall in Mt. Olympus.

In the seventh installment of his "Adventures With Purpose" series of travel specials, renowned adventurer Richard Bangs embarks on a great odyssey through Greece to discover the meaning and relevance of Greek mythology today. Richard begins his time-travels in Athens, and then heads to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. He visits the island of Ithaca, the site of the mystical oracles at Delphi, and finishes his journey at the home of the gods, Mt. Olympus. Joining Richard is author Agapi Stassinopolous and Greece native Arianna Huffington.

Get Richard’s Eco Travel advice and resources online.

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Video Excerpt: Greece: Quest For The Gods

Above: Join host, Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel as he journeys across the planet in search of ecological challenges and ecological solutions. This time Bangs embarks on a great odyssey in Greece, land of the gods. From the amber of ancient times to the present, the Western world has basked in the glorious inspiration of the Greek myths.