Gladiator: Film and History / Edition 1

Gladiator: Film and History / Edition 1

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by Martin M. Winkler
     
 

Ridley Scott’s Gladiator was the first epic film on a Roman subject in 35 years and generated a far-reaching renewal of interest in Roman history and culture. This book analyzes Gladiator from historical, cultural, and cinematic perspectives.

It comprises ten essays by experts, examining the film as a representation of history and as cinema.

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Overview

Ridley Scott’s Gladiator was the first epic film on a Roman subject in 35 years and generated a far-reaching renewal of interest in Roman history and culture. This book analyzes Gladiator from historical, cultural, and cinematic perspectives.

It comprises ten essays by experts, examining the film as a representation of history and as cinema. Subjects covered include Roman history and gladiatorial combat, the cinematic origins and traditions of Gladiator, and the film’s modern social and political overtones. The book also includes translations of the film’s most important historical sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405110426
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
1,245,200
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Editor's preface
1Gladiator from screenplay to screen1
2Gladiator and the traditions of historical cinema16
3Gladiator in historical perspective31
4The pedant goes to Hollywood : the role of the academic consultant45
5Commodus and the limits of the Roman empire53
6Gladiators and blood sport73
7Gladiator and the Colosseum : ambiguities of spectacle87
8The vision of a fascist Rome in Gladiator111
9Gladiator and contemporary American society124
10The politics of Gladiator150
The major ancient sources173
Cassius Dio on Commodus175
The Augustan history : Commodus188
Herodian on the death of Commodus199
Aurelius Victor on Commodus203
Chronology : the Roman empire at the time of Commodus205
Further reading207
Index to chapters 1-10210

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