Gladiator: The Historical Epic Revived
Lecture no. 8 from the course: A Historian Goes to the Movies: Ancient Rome
Taught by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
Why did big-budget epics of the ancient world fall out of fashion? How did the 2000 film, Gladiator, single-handedly resuscitate a genre that had been dormant for nearly 40 years? What has recent scholarship revealed about the film’s portrayals of gladiator battles and the lives of ancient Roman emperors—their truths, falsehoods, and embellishments?