Tag: Roman Reception

March 20, 2017 /

It’s time for a special episode! After such a tumultuous life, it comes as no surprise that Coriolanus goes on to have a legacy that spreads after his literal death. So Coriolanus dies, but he lives! In this episode, the Doctors turn their roving eye on how the story of Coriolanus has been transformed by his reappearance into the cultural mind of the West through Shakespeare’s play and the centuries that follow. Find out all the…

February 28, 2014 /

Watch out the listeners! We’re taking a step back in time to examine the classic Rome on film presented in Ben-Hur, the 1959 epic extravaganza! This film emerges from the Hollywood Golden Age where the studio systems competed to draw in the largest audiences with the most satisfying stories. Directed by William Wyler, and released through MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), the film stars Charlton Heston as the title character Judah Ben-Hur. The film builds on the novel Ben-Hur:…

February 13, 2014 /

Dear Listeners – welcome back for a brand new episode! We take our last turn about the room with the enigma, the charisma, that is Spartacus. The final season of the Starz series Spartacus: War of the Damned, follows the final confrontation between the slave rebels and the might of Rome. A mixture of fact and fiction, tune in for a deconstruction of the action. Spartacus 2013 – Season 3

January 31, 2014 /

Helloooo to all you lovely listeners! In this landmark twentieth episode, the Partial Historians tackle the sources and speculation that arise from an examination of the Starz series Spartacus Vengeance. Spartacus: Vengeance follows the nascent slave rebellion in their journey from Capua and the challenges they face along the way. You may well ask what is up with Glaber and Spartacus – find out here! Spartacus 2012 – Season 2

January 8, 2014 /

Welcome back, dear Listeners! In this episode, your intrepid Doctors of Ancient Roman history continue to explore Spartacus and modern incarnations of his story. In 2010 the Starz series Spartacus Blood and Sand hit our television screens. Spartacus is played by the Welsh actor Andy Whitfield, who captures the spirit of the Thracian gladiator. This season functions as a origin story, as our primary sources for pick up the story at the moment of Spartacus…

December 5, 2013 /

The Partial Historians take a walk into Dr Radford’s specialisation – history on film. And where better to start than with Spartacus, the 1960 epic directed (eventually) by Stanley Kubrick and starring the one, the only, Kirk Douglas. This film has a highly complicated array of relationships to explore. There’s the 1951 novel that inspired the screenplay by Howard Fast. There’s the screenplay itself, where major credit is given to Dalton Trumbo. And there’s the complications…