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Life of Brian: The Roman World’s a Funny Place

Lecture no. 7 from the course: A Historian Goes to the Movies: Ancient Rome

Life of Brian: The Roman World’s a Funny Place

Taught by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

What would a parody of sword-and-sandal films, with all their genre conventions and clichés, look like? Discover how Monthy Python’s Life of Brian, a witty parody of both biblical and Roman epic films, took on gladiatorial games, ancient Roman society and religion, and the human tendency toward factionalism and tribalism.


January 9, 2020