Historical film critique on the film Gladiator (2000)
Historical film critique on the film Gladiator (2000):The movie Gladiator is part of a long line of plays, books, work of art and films that keep alive the interest in the ancient world among the general public. While it is obvious that a significant amount of scholarly and historical research was undertaken in order to make the movie, much of the plot is fiction (Winkler, 2004). However, the film does appear to be inspired by a number of actual historical events, as will be depicted in the following discussions. With this regard, the movie can best be described as an artistic representation of ancient history or a collage, as opposed to a chronological, accurate, reconstruction of events.
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In most cases, the incorporation of factual details would not have made the movie less exciting or interesting. Also, the real or factual history of Commodus rule contains events and characters that could have made the movie to be not only a good story but also a better source of history.
Adams, G. W. (2013). The Emperor Commodus: Gladiator, Hercules Or a Tyrant? Universal-Publishers.
Potter, D. S. (2009). A Companion to the Roman Empire. John Wiley & Sons.
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