Tag: Rome on Film

June 6, 2016 /

The intrepid Doctors return with an all new, all fabulous episode! The episode in which Drs R and G explore the Coen Brothers take on the Golden Age of Hollywood with Hail, Caesar! We may have been enticed by the prospect of George Clooney as a Roman general, but we stayed for the tribute to the big studio days of American cinema. Take a sojourn with your ears and see how the film stacks up according…

May 4, 2016 /

The Partial Historians have hit the big 6-0! And what better way for the Doctors to celebrate with you than with an episode packed with all manner of interesting things. As you know, Dr R specialises in Rome on film. In this episode, let us take on a journey through the film Trumbo (2015), which is a bio-pic of the life of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo broke the blacklist when he was given screen-credit for Spartacus…

March 14, 2014 /

The Partial Historians return fantabulous listeners with a fresh new episode! Spice up your ears with a foray into the historical and creative elements of Ridley Scott’s 2000 epic Gladiator. Touted as the return of the sword-and-sandal genre, this film is an interesting mélange of historical plausibility and blatant deviation from the primary source material. A Gladiator Amongst Emperors Set in the late second century CE, the film is firmly set in the Roman imperial period. As…

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…