Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 C334 2006 v.1
In 64 A.D., Emperor Nero torches Rome and blames it on the Christians. Meanwhile, a Roman Prefect falls for an innocent Christian maiden, arousing the ire of Empress Poppacea. She and Nero conspire to send all Christians to a chilling death.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 Q76 2008
Returning to Rome after 3 years in the field, General Marcus Vinicius meets and falls in love with the devout Christian, Lygia. She doesn't want to have anything to do with the warrior. Though Lygia grew up Roman, and as the adopted daughter of a retired general, Lygia is technically a hostage of Rome...
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 D45 2005
Sequel to The robe, set in Rome after the death of Christ. The mad emperor Caligula is obsessed with obtaining the robe of Christ which has been entrusted to Demetrius, a devout Christian who turns his back on God, enters the arena and becomes the most famous gladiator in Rome.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 F25 2008
Marcus Aurelius Antonius is philosopher-emperor of Rome who summons his empire's governors and princes to his German war headquarters for a Pax Romanus. He confides to his daughter, Lucilla, that his adopted son, Livius, will succeed him instead of his more unstable heir, Commodus...
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 S632 2004
Sold into slavery as a young boy and sentenced to spend out the rest of his adult life laboring in the harsh deserts of Egypt, Spartacus gets a new lease on life when he is purchased by the owner of a Roman gladiator school...
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1992.8.B55 R6 2009
Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world, a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people, epicenter of a sprawling empire. The Republic was founded on principles of shared power and fierce personal competition, never allowing one man to seize absolute control...
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.A3 E24 2011
In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth.
Classical Civilization and Cinema-Related Websites
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 C3 2000
An 8-year old Sicilian princess is kidnapped by pirates, eventually becoming a slave in Carthage. When she reaches adulthood, she attempts to win her freedom again, whatever the costs. Set in the third century B.C. during the Punic Wars.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 D43 2001
A Mussolini-era war epic commissioned by Italy's fascist government, meant to invoke popular support by celebrating the exploits of Roman general Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus as he successfully battled the army of Hannibal.
Sophocles' play, with added prologue and epilogue set in modern times, is extended into the present and points out that the motives of the ancient tragedy still exist today. (In Italian with English subtitles)
Film retelling of Aristophanes' work about the Athenian woman who, disgusted by the way men have ruined the country with their endless wars, convinces other women they can end the wars by withholding sexual favors from their husbands. (Modern Greek dialog with English subtitles)
Fellini recreates the bawdy and lecherous days of Nero's reign in ancient Rome and its lack of concern with human dignity and obsession with perverse sex. The film is also an allegorical satire of the self-indulgence of modern society. (In Italian with English subtitles)
In 60 B.C., Vercingétorix is a strong, peaceful Gallic chieftain with a legacy to protect his fellow Druids in the Celtic Isles. But when Julius Caesar and his Roman army declare war, Vercingétorix has no choice but to fight. (In French, no subtitles, PAL format)