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 comprehensive appreciation of The Fall of the Roman Empire from historical, historiographical, and cinematic perspectives. The book also provides the principal classical sources on the period. It is a companion to Gladiator: Film and History (Blackwell, 2004) and Spartacus: Film and History (Blackwell, 2007) and completes a triad of scholarly studies on Hollywood?s greatest films about Roman history.
  • A critical re-evaluation of the 1964 epic film The Fall of the Roman Empire, directed by Anthony Mann, from historical, film-historical, and contemporary points of view
  • Presents a collection of scholarly essays and classical sources on the period of Roman history that ancient and modern historians have considered to be the turning point toward the eventual fall of Rome
  • Contains a short essay by director Anthony Mann
  • Includes a map of the Roman Empire and film stills, as well as translations of the principal ancient sources, an extensive bibliography, 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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