The Fall of the Roman Empire: Film and History

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Martin M. Winkler
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 20, 2009 - History - 334 pages
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The essays collected in this book present the first comprehensiveappreciation of The Fall of the Roman Empire fromhistorical, historiographical, and cinematic perspectives. The bookalso provides the principal classical sources on the period. It isa companion to Gladiator: Film and History (Blackwell, 2004)and Spartacus: Film and History (Blackwell, 2007) andcompletes a triad of scholarly studies on Hollywood’sgreatest films about Roman history.
  • A critical re-evaluation of the 1964 epic film The Fall ofthe Roman Empire, directed by Anthony Mann, fromhistorical, film-historical, and contemporary points of view
  • Presents a collection of scholarly essays and classical sourceson the period of Roman history that ancient and modern historianshave considered to be the turning point toward the eventual fall ofRome
  • Contains a short essay by director Anthony Mann
  • Includes a map of the Roman Empire and film stills, as well astranslations of the principal ancient sources, an extensivebibliography, and a chronology of events
  

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Contents

History Ancient and Modern in The Fall of the Roman
51
The Empire Over Himself
89
Was Commodus Really That Bad?
102
East and West in The Fall of the Roman Empire
117
Empire Demolition
130
Excerpts from the American Souvenir Program of The Fall
136
Edward Gibbon and The Fall of the Roman Empire
145
Fact Fiction and the Feeling of History
174
Peace and Power in The Fall of the Roman Empire
225
The Politics of The Fall of the Roman Empire
241
Excerpts from Edward Gibbon
262
The Chief Ancient Sources on Marcus Aurelius
271
The Roman Empire at the Time of Marcus Aurelius
302
Index
327
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About the author (2009)

Martin M. Winkler is Professor of Classics at George Mason University. He is the editor of Gladiator (Blackwell, 2004), Spartacus (Blackwell, 2007) and Troy (Blackwell, 2006) and the author of The Roman Salute (2009) and Cinema and Classical Texts (2009). He has also published numerous articles on Roman literature and filmic retellings of classical and medieval history and myth.

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