The Studly Spartacus in Pop Culture

This has been a long time coming, but for those of you who enjoyed our episodes (numbers 18-21) on Spartacus, the 1960 film and the Starz series, here are some select sources to help you find out more about Spartacus on the small and big screen.

  • Augoustakis, A.; Cyrino, M. (eds), Starz Spartacus: Reimagining an Icon on Screen (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh: 2016)
  • Blanshard, A.; Shahabudin, K., Classics on Screen: Ancient Greece and Rome on Film (Bristol Classical Press, London: 2011).
  • Cooper, D.; Crowdus, G., ‘Resurrecting Spartacus: An Interview with Robert Harris’ (1991) (last accessed on 3/1/2012), on D. Cooper, Three Essays from Cineaste Magazine, http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/cooperdex.html
  • Cooper, D., ‘Who Killed Spartacus? How Studio Censorship Nearly Ruined the Braveheart of the 1960s’ (1996) (last accessed on 3/1/2012), on D. Cooper, Three Essays from Cineaste Magazine, http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/cooperdex.html
  • Cooper, D., ‘Spartacus: Still Censored After All These Years’ (1996) (last accessed on 3/1/2012), on D. Cooper, Three Essays from Cineaste Magazine, http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/cooperdex.html
  • Cooper, D., ‘Dalton Trumbo vs Stanley Kubrick: Their Debate Over the Political Meaning of Spartacus’ (1996) (last accessed on 3/1/2012), on D. Cooper, Three Essays from Cineaste Magazine, http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/cooperdex.html
  • Cyrino, M., Big Screen Rome (Blackwell Publishing, Oxford: 2005).
  • Cyrino, M. (ed.), Screening Love and Sex in the Ancient World (Palgrave Macmillan, New York: 2013).
  • Douglas, K., The Ragman’s Son (Simon & Schuster, London, 1988).
  • Douglas, K., I am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist (Open Road Integrated Media ,New York: 2012).
  • Futrell, A., ‘Seeing Red: Spartacus as Domestic Economist’, in Imperial Projections: Ancient Rome in Modern Popular Culture, S. Joshel, M. Malamud & M. Wyke (John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London: 2001), 77-118.
  • MacAdam, H., ‘Dramatising Roman History: Spartacus in Fiction and Film’, in Roman Archaeology Group 10:2 (November, 2015), 1-5
  • MacAdam, H., ‘Spartacus Redivivus: Hollywood’s Blacklist Remembered’, in Left History 16.2 (Fall/Winter, 2012), 55-73
  • Radford, F. ‘Having his Cake and Eating it Too: Kubrick and Spartacus’, in Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives, T. Ljujić, P, Krämer, & R. Daniels (Black Dog Publications, London: 2015), 98-115
  • Radford, F. ‘Hollywood Ascendant’, in A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen, ed. A. Pomeroy (Wiley Blackwell, New Jersey: 2017), 119-144
  • Trow, M. J., Spartacus: The Myth and the Man (Sutton Publishing, United Kingdom: 2006).
  • Winkler, M. (ed), Spartacus: Film and History (Blackwell Publishing, Malden: 2007), 144-53.
  • Wyke, M., Projecting the Past: Ancient Rome, Cinema and History (Routledge, London: 1997).
  • Zemon Davis, N., Slaves on Screen: Film and Historical Vision (Harvard University Press, Massachusetts: 2000).
  • Zemon Davis, N., ‘Trumbo and Kubrick Argue History’, in Raritan: 22.1 (Summer, 2002), 173-90.

And keep your eyes peeled for a new volume on all things Spartacus from John Bokina in 2018-2019! Those rebel slaves can sneak up on you… even in publications.

“These pants are ridiculously high” – the cast of Spartacus (1960) share a lighter moment, presumably about Douglas’ ‘pants’, judging by Olivier’s gaze (Courtesy of https://ritkanlathatotortenelem.blog.hu/2014/10/12/kulisszak_mogott_207)

Kulisszák mögött 1. - RITKÁN LÁTHATÓ TÖRTÉNELEM

Spartacus and the gang making like Dr Rad when Dr G tries to take the last piece of chocolate in the Starz series…

The rebels from Spartacus charge the Romans in what may be ...

Drs R and G laugh and spar their way through the ancient Roman world!

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