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Tom Holland’s Ancient World
Posted March 10, 2011 to photo album "Tom Holland’s Ancient World"
As a primer for The Eagle, an award-winning historian gives us list of top ten ancient films.
Zhang Yimou’s film about the legendary King of Qin who went on to become the first Emperor of a unified China outraged critics quite as much as did 300––and for very similar reasons. By eulogising the King of Qin as the only man capable of bringing peace to a bleeding world, the film provided audiences with a stirring glorification of monarchical authoritarianism and global conquest: ideals of which Xerxes, the Spartans’ opponent at Thermopylae, would thoroughly have approved. Viewers who want a bit of balance after watching 300 should definitely check Hero out.