Gladiator: Film and History / Edition 1

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Invaluable." Times Literary Supplement

"A most welcome addition to this rapidly expanding discourse. It succeeds in collecting an insightful and diverse set of reflections 'inspired by' Gladiator (as filmmakers might say) and will hopefully encourage similar explorations of more recent and forthcoming films set in antiquity." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"This book provides a very useful resource that will enhance the analytical sophistication of students of Scott's film and one that will deepen their appreciation of the complexity of Roman society in the reign of Commodus as well as the problem of imperialism then and today. I have no doubt that it will be a great success and a distinct credit to its editor and his contributors." Scholia

"Martin Winkler is one of the pioneers in the use of film as applied to classical antiquity." New England Classical Journal

Winkler has created an unlikely meeting of brains and brawn in this collection of papers from classicists who contemplate the popularity of Ridley Scott's film Gladiator." Reference and Research Book News

"Martin Winkler has brought together classicists who understand and respect the power of modern film. This volume will set the standard for the serious study of the reflections and influence of the classical world on contemporary popular culture." Gregory N. Daugherty, Randolph-Macon College

"Boasting its own triumphant array of stimulating double takes on the film Gladiator, this book successfully recaptures the excitement and immediacy of the turn of the 21st century cinematic epic." Paula James, The Open University

"A promising model of the multiple approaches that may be taken to a single cinematic text ... Its demonstration that even highly commercial products of popular culture can still yield serious insights and analysis can only benefit the study of classics and cinema." Journal of Roman Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405110426
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 584,091
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin M. Winkler is Professor of Classics at George Mason University, Virginia, U.S.A. He is the editor, most recently, of Juvenal in English (2001) and Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema (2001). He has also published articles on Roman literature, the classical tradition, and on classical and medieval culture and mythology in film.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Editor's preface
1 Gladiator from screenplay to screen 1
2 Gladiator and the traditions of historical cinema 16
3 Gladiator in historical perspective 31
4 The pedant goes to Hollywood : the role of the academic consultant 45
5 Commodus and the limits of the Roman empire 53
6 Gladiators and blood sport 73
7 Gladiator and the Colosseum : ambiguities of spectacle 87
8 The vision of a fascist Rome in Gladiator 111
9 Gladiator and contemporary American society 124
10 The politics of Gladiator 150
The major ancient sources 173
Cassius Dio on Commodus 175
The Augustan history : Commodus 188
Herodian on the death of Commodus 199
Aurelius Victor on Commodus 203
Chronology : the Roman empire at the time of Commodus 205
Further reading 207
Index to chapters 1-10 210
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