Exploring Ancient Architecture: Walk Through Ancient Wonders
Exploring Ancient Architecture: Walk Through Ancient Wonders (Medio Multimedia) is a disappointment. Here is an excellent idea – namely, the ability to figuratively walk through a graphic representation of restored ancient buildings – that fails in the execution. For example, going inside the building inevitably stops the narration. Too bad, because this is one time audio is desired. The content is meager: each of the four ancient periods is illustrated through two buildings. The information offered is superficial and shoddy: mispronunciation of ancient names, misnomers of ancient periods (yes, it is the Hellenic Period, but it is more accurately and more pertinently the Classical Period), often puzzling choice of the buildings, and lightweight scholarship. The production values are also deficient: the music is not appealing; captions are at odds with – or at least not complementary to – the narration. Medio has done a much better job with later titles. It would be worth bringing this one up to those standards.
– March 1995