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Hollywood Films about Ancient Rome in the Hatfield Collection
Sign of the Cross (1932)
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.
Cleopatra (1934) by
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 C334 2006 v.3
The story of the Queen of the Nile, Julius Caesar, and Marc Antony and their struggles for love and power.
Quo Vadis (1951)
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...
The Robe (1953)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 R66 2001
This is the inspiring story of the robe that Jesus wore on the cross and the Roman centurion, Marcellus Gallio, who wins the robe in a gambling match at the foot of the cross.
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
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.
Ben Hur (1959)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 B2874 2011
Jewish nobleman Judah Ben-Hur opposes the Roman tyranny in the times of Christ, and through his opposition brings tragedy to himself and his family.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 S63 2001
Spartacus is the bold gladiator slave who leads a massive slave revolt against Imperial Rome in this epic true account of man's eternal struggle for freedom.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 B16 2002
Pardoned instead of Christ, Barabbas is haunted for the rest of his life...Arrested again, he is sent to the sulphur mines and then to gladiator school...
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 C56 2001
Story of the life of Cleopatra, queen of ancient Egypt-- from her ascension to the throne through her struggle for power, and her love entanglements with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony.
The Fall Of The Roman Empire (1964)
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...
I, Claudius (1976)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 I2 2012
An epic tale of ambition, debauchery, and intrigue, spanning the history of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Nero.
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.L3 S3 1995
Describes the last few days of the life of the Catholic martyr St. Sebastian, in particular his relationship with the Emperor Diocletian in 303 A.D...
Julius Caesar (1978)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PR2808 .A23 1990
Shakespeare's dramatization of the successful conspiracy to assassinate the Roman emperor, Julius Caesar.
Antony and Cleopatra (1980)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PR2802 .A23 1980
Shakespeare's story of Antony, the once-heralded leader who becomes stupified with passion and degenerates into a fool, and the multi-faceted Cleopatra.
The Tragedy of Coriolanus (1984)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PR2805 .A23 2000
Shakespeare's play about a proud Roman general who conquers the Volscians, leads them against Rome in revenge for his banishment...
Titus Andronicus (1985)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PR2835 .A23 1987
Shakespeare's tale of Titus, who returns to Rome after a victory against the Goths, bringing as captives their queen Tamora and her sons, one of whom is sacrificed...
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.A3 G52 2000
A Roman general refuses to transfer his loyalty to the new Emperor, Commodus. He becomes a slave and then a gladiator, fighting in the Roman Colosseum in defiance of the Emperor.
Call Number: HAT AV Video PR2835 .A23 2001
Shakespeare's story of a victorious Roman general whose rigid code of honor and duty proves to be his downfall.
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...
The Eagle (2010)
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
Silent & Historical Films in the Hatfield Library
The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 U47 2000
An epic adaptation of Bulwer-Lytton's novel about the final hours of residents of Pompeii before the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius
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.
The Three Ages (1923) by
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 T45 2001
Romantic misadventures from the dawn of man in the Stone Age, through the gladiatorial arenas of Ancient Rome to the city streets of the American Jazz Era.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1927)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 B2874 2011
The classic story of the young Jewish nobleman and his nemesis, a Roman centurion, set against the backdrop of the life of Jesus.
The King of Kings (1927) by
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 K454 2004
A reverent dramatization of the great events of the New Testament.
The Defeat of Hannibal (1937)
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.
Greek and Roman Drama on Film
Oedipus Rex (1957) by
Call Number: PN1995.9.L5 O2 1985
The Shakespearean Festival Players, speaking through Greek masks, present the tragedy of Oedipus...
Edipo re (1967) by
Call Number: PN1995.91.I8 E3 1990
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)
Lysistrata (1972) by
Call Number: PN1995.9.L5 L9 1987
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)
Iphigenia (1977) by
Call Number: PN1995.91.G8 I7 1989
Story of a young girl caught in the midst of political intrigue and corruption. (In Greek with English subtitles)
Medea (1982) by
Call Number: PN1995.9.L5 M3 1990
Starring Zoe Caldwell, Medea; Judith Anderson, the nurse. Filmed at the Eisenhower Theatre, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Brothers (1995) by
Call Number: PN1995.9.L5 B85 1996
One of the first "problem plays" in European literature, this social comedy presents the problem of which approach -- tolerance or discipline -- is more successful in rearing children.
Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian
Subjects: Art & Art History
, Cinema Studies
, Latin American Studies
Foreign Language Classics Films in the Library
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 P27 2006
Concerns the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth... Jesus is condemned to death for blasphemy and brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, for sentencing.
Fellini Satyricon (1969)
Call Number: PN1995.91.I8 F34 2001
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)
Call Number: PN1995.91.F7 V27 2000
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)
Call Number: In Summit and WorldCat catalogs
English language version of Vercingétorix
Astérix & Obélix contre César (1999)
Call Number: PN1995.91.F7 A8373 1999
Dans cette aventure fabuleuse on y verra Astérix se lancer dans un combat homérique contre Obélix ... Obélix livrer Asterix aux Romains ... (In French, no subtitles)
Astérix & Obélix Mission Cléopâtre (2002)
Call Number: PN1995.91.F7 A8375 2002
Jules César défie Cléopatre de construire un palais en trois mois. Conscient du défi, l'architecte Numérobis court chercher ses amis Panoramix, Astérix et Obélix. (In French, no subtitles)
Comedies set in the Classical Era
Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.C55 L38 2007
Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe in them...