Progress and Preservation
Modern Marvels: Athens Subway
Review by Ross Anthony

Fascinating. For those of you (like myself) that have an insatiable curiosity for how thinks work, this series should provide great fodder for your mind.

Narrated with great enthusiasm, paced well, and edited to keep the cuts brisk, the presentation lays strong framework for already fascinating content.

Huge tunnel digging machines move at a pace of 33 feet a day, 4 rpms to dig a 13-foot diameter hole under ancient and modern Athens, Greece. This progress had to be tempered with respect to Greek treasures that might be shaken above the surface. Though in summary form, the balance struck my engineers and architects each with their own timeframe makes for a great story.

And though the finds are mostly of everyday implements, the search for them and care taken to keep them is quite inspiring. Some of those artifacts eventually find themselves exhibited in the very subways stations under which they were found (66 to 82 feet underground). Overall, a very satisfying meeting of progress and preservation.

  • Modern Marvels: Athens Subway. Copyright © 2004.
  • MODERN MARVELS is The History Channel's signature series focusing on historical technology. The serieshas focused (among other things) on wonders of construction (Erie Canal,The Pentagon, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, The Big Dig), the machinery of war (Nuclear Submarines, Tanks) as well as technology linked to the everyday (power tools, home tech, garbage).

Grade..........................A- (3/4)

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