Quo Vadis Kick-Starts the Sword-and-Sandal Genre
Lecture no. 1 from the course: A Historian Goes to the Movies: Ancient Rome
Taught by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
Few films did as much to shape the modern movie-going public’s notions of ancient Rome as Quo Vadis. Discover how this film, released in 1951 by MGM Studios, ushered in the golden age of the so-called “sword-and-sandal” picture, with its irresistible formula of evil, arrogant Romans versus virtuous, devout Christians.