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World’s first film in ancient Greek

A passion for ancient Greek can lead to a film. Such was the case for Laurens van der Wiel, who played the lead role of Dionysus in the film Frogs. The film is the first full-length picture to be recorded entirely in ancient Greek.

We find the popularisation of ancient history in this way particularly interesting. The film was made by amateur filmmakers with a low budget, but with an endless passion for the language and culture of ancient Greece. It is also an excellent study of ancient Greek.

The film is based on: “Frogs” (405 BC) by Aristophanes, “Alcestis” (438 BC) by Euripides, “Symposium” (380 BC) by Plato and “Batrachomyomachia” (3rd century BC).