The sword has influenced the outcome of some of the greatest moments in history, inspired famous myths and legends, and served as a symbol of the fight against evil and oppression. It turned blacksmiths into artisans, soldiers into legends, and actors into swashbuckling heroes. Explore the history of this iconic weapon and its evolution from flint and bone tools of the Stone Age to light saber weapons in space.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Sword - Damocles - Netflix
Damocles (; Greek: Δαμοκλῆς, translit. Dāmoklē̂s, lit. 'fame of the people') is a figure featured in a single moral anecdote commonly referred to as “the Sword of Damocles”, an allusion to the imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power. Damocles was an obsequious courtier in the court of Dionysius II of Syracuse, a 4th-century BC tyrant of Syracuse, Sicily. The anecdote apparently figured in the lost history of Sicily by Timaeus of Tauromenium (c. 356–260 BC). The Roman orator Cicero may have read it in the texts of Greek historian Diodorus Siculus. He used it in his Tusculanae Disputationes, 5. 61, by which means it passed into the European cultural mainstream.
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