Big Screen Rome
Big Screen Rome is the first systematic survey of the most important and popular films from the past half century that reconstruct the image of Roman antiquity.
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Chapter 1 Quo Vadis 1951
Chapter 2 The Robe 1953
Chapter 3 BenHur 1959
Chapter 4 Spartacus 1960
Chapter 5 Cleopatra 1963
Chapter 6 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966
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actor Alexandria American ancient Roman Antoninus Antony Antony’s arena Arrius audience Augustus Batiatus battle Ben-Hur Brian Brooks Caesar Caesarion Caligula character chariot race Christian cinematic Cleese Cleopatra Colosseum comedy comic Commodus contemporary Crassus crowd death Demetrius depiction Diana director Draba earlier epic films early Egypt Egyptian Elley emperor epic films Esther father fight film’s Fitzgerald Forum freedom Funny Thing Happened Gallio genre Gladiator gladiatorial Gracchus hero historical Hollywood imperial Jesus Juba Judaea Judah later legions Lucilla Lucius Lygia man’s Marcellus Marcus Aurelius Maximus Messala military modern movie musical narrative Nero Nero’s novel Octavian Oscar palace Petronius Pilate played plot political Pompey Poppaea popular Praetorian Praetorian Guard Proximo Pseudolus Pythons Quo Vadis rebel reign Robe role Roman Empire Rome Rome’s scene Senate sequence sexual slave soldiers Solomon Spartacus spectacle star story Taylor television tells theme Tiberius Tigellinus traditional Varinia victory viewers visual Wyke