"Gladiator" Epic films
Looking at past Hollywood epics, we know he would do this with huge and lavish parades to honor the empire's military might ("Cleopatra" - 1963), or get them out for an exciting day at the chariot races ("Ben Hur" - 1959), or encourage them to cheer on their favorite martial arts champions as they stabbed and hacked away at each other ("Gladiator" - 2000). There were supposedly three different kinds of this type of entertainment held within the Roman Coliseum: (1) the theatrical execution of foreigners, (2) beast shows, usually with the beasts getting the worst of it, and (3) gladiatorial combat. This last kind of mass entertainment even included flooding the Coliseum for full-sized naval battles!

It was not without some kind of sense of returning to my more primal instincts that I sat through the "historical fiction" of Roman General Maximus ("The general who became a slaveÓ The slave who became a gladiatorÓ The gladiator who defied an empire!"). I couldn't help watch without thinking about these things and our emotional involvement in what we see and hear.

It was also interesting to consider another historical figure on which "Gladiator" is partially based. He was called Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, and he was a 5th century B.C. Roman states

 
 
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