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This is the first book systematically to analyze Kirk Douglas’ and Stanley Kubrick’s depiction of the slave revolt led by Spartacus from different historical, political, and cinematic perspectives.

  • Examines the film’s use of ancient sources, the ancient historical contexts, the political significance of the film, the history of its censorship and restoration, and its place in film history.
  • Includes the most important passages from ancient authors’ reports of the slave revolt in translation.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Boththe range of positions and also the excellent bibliographic notes(especially from Winkler and Ward) provide a fine basis for anystudent to develop their knowledge of the original events, themaking of the movie, or the political and cultural context of thetime.” (Art &Archaeology, 2010)

“Like [Winkler’s] volumes on Gladiator andTroy, [Spartacus] has fascinating information andimpassioned arguments.” (Cineaste, Spring 2009)

“The 11 essays by eight authors examine in depth theiconic classic from a variety of fascinating historical, political,and cinematic perspectives.” (Choice)

"I thought i was becoming a little bored with Spartacus until Iread this book ... it made me remember why I found the subject sofascinating in the first place. This volume is invaluable foreveryone interested in epic movies, the Roman Republic, the ColdWar or the process of the appropriation of rebels." (Bryn MawrClassical Review)

“Winkler’s Spartacus: Film and History breaksnew ground … [an] invaluable volume.” (New EnglandClassical Journal)

“An outstanding and innovative volume that will be veryuseful to teachers and students of Classics and Cinema.”(Classical Outlook)

"As a study of a particular age and country in cinema history,the book does indeed make a contribution." (ScholiaReviews)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405131810
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,036,575
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin M. Winkler is Professor of Classics at George Mason University. Most recently he has edited the essay collections Troy: From Homer’s Iliad to Hollywood Epic (Blackwell, 2006), Gladiator: Film and History (Blackwell, 2004), and Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema (2001).

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Table of Contents

List of Plates.

Notes on Contributors.

Introduction (Martin M. Winkler, George Mason University).

1. Who Killed the Legend of Spartacus? Production, Censorship,and Reconstruction of Stanley Kubrick’s Epic Film (Duncan L.Cooper, Independent scholar).

2. Dalton Trumbo vs. Stanley Kubrick: The Historical Meaning ofSpartacus (Duncan L. Cooper, Independent scholar).

3. Spartacus, Exodus, and Dalton Trumbo: Managing Ideologies ofWar (Frederick Ahl, Cornell University).

4. Spartacus: History and Histrionics (Allen M. Ward, Universityof Connecticut).

5. Spartacus, Rebel Against Rome (C. A. Robinson, Jr).

6. Training + Tactics = Roman Battle Success: From Spartacus:The Illustrated Story of the Motion Picture Production.

7. The Character of Marcus Licinius Crassus (W. Jeffrey Tatum,Florida State University).

8. Roman Slavery and the Class Divide: Why Spartacus Lost(Michael Parenti).

9. The Holy Cause of Freedom: American Ideals in Spartacus(Martin M. Winkler, George Mason University).

10. Spartacus and the Stoic Ideal of Death (Francisco JavierTovar Paz, University of Extremadura).

11. “Culturally Significant and Not Just SimpleEntertainment”: History and the Marketing of Spartacus(Martin M. Winkler, George Mason University).

The Principal Ancient Sources on Spartacus.

1. Plutarch, Crassus 8–11 and Pompey 21.1–2.

2. Appian, The Civil Wars 1.14.111 and 116–121.1.

3. Sallust, The Histories 3.96 and 98 (M) = 3.64 and 66(McG).

4. Livy, Periochae 95–97.

5. Velleius Paterculus, Compendium of Roman History2.30.5–6.

6. Florus, Epitome of Roman History 2.8 (3.20).

7. Frontinus, Strategies 1.5.20–22 and 7.6, 2.4.7 and5.34.

8. Orosius, History against the Pagans 5.24.1–8 and18–19.



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