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Tom Holland’s Ancient World

Updated March 10, 2011

As a primer for The Eagle, an award-winning historian gives us list of top ten ancient films.

Tom Holland’s Ancient Films
Ben Hur
Spartacus
The Robe
Carry on Cleo
Satyricon
Gladiator
The Return of the King
300
Hero
Agora
Tom Holland’s Ancient Films

Tom Holland’s Ancient Films

Kevin MacDonald’s The Eagle, which takes place in Roman Britain, brings to the screen a rarely seen side of the ancient world. Yet the ancient world, from Sparta to Rome, from Alexandria to Athens, has been a favorite Hollywood subject. Tom Holland knows quite a bit about the Ancient world. He’s the author of the award-winning history Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, as well as Persian Fire and Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom. In addition to his own work, he’s adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. He is currently working on a translation of Herodotus for Penguin Classics. In 2007, he was the winner of the 2007 Classical Association prize, awarded to “the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature and civilization of Ancient Greece and Rome.”  What better person to give us his overview of ten films dealing with ancients.