Ancient World Movies in 2015 & Beyond

Posted on 20. Jan, 2015 by in Roman culture

Hello Everyone,

It’s that time of the year again….MOVIES! Here is a list of ancient movies of Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Biblical backgrounds.

Title:#1 DRAGON BLADE

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Time Period: Han dynasty (206-220 CE) 

Plot: Action packed film filled with lost prisoners (Roman and Chinese) trying to navigate their way through China.

Popular Players: Jackie Chan, Adrien Brody, John Cusack and more!

Release Date: February 18, 2015 in China; No USA date release.

 

Title #2: THE LOST LEGION

Europe in 476, from Muir's Historical Atlas (1911). Courtest of Wikicommons.

Europe in 476, from Muir’s Historical Atlas (1911). Courtest of Wikicommons.

Time Period: Shortly after the Fall of the Roman Empire; 476 CE 

Plot: It promises “sex, corruption, betrayal and the final death throws [sic] of a once powerful empire. Where enemies become allies, allies become pawns and one man’s struggle to survive is the last chance for a new Rome.” According to IMDB, the plot is “following the fall of the Roman Empire, a Roman woman plots to make her son the new Emperor and to fulfill the former glory of the city.”

Popular Players: Tom McKay, Michelle Lukes, etc.

Release Date: January 20, 2015 with a spin-off TV series.

 

Title#3: SINBAD THE FIFTH VOYAGE

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Time Period: Mythical Story by c.1st Century CE.

Plot: According to IMBD, the plot is “When the Sultan’s first born is taken by an evil sorcerer, Sinbad is tasked with traveling to a desert of magic and creatures to save her.”

Popular Players: Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart

Release Date: Streaming began in 2014; DVD February 3, 2015.

 

Title #4: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Bust. Courtesy WikiCommons.

Julius Caesar Bust. Courtesy WikiCommons.

Time Period: 44 BCE

Plot: A chilling film adaptation of Shakespeare’s shocking tale of ambition, betrayal, murder and… the supernatural.

Popular Players: Sean Bean as Caesar (retracted), Mackenize Crook, John Bradley, Tom-Weston Jones, etc.

Release Date: 2015

Title #5: THE ARK

Noah's Ark (1846), a painting by the American folk painter Edward Hicks. Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Noah’s Ark (1846), a painting by the American folk painter Edward Hicks. Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Time Period: 2700 BC (if approximately around Gilgamesh time period)

Plot: A retelling of the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark.

Popular Players: David Threlfall as Noah

Release Date: 2015

5. THE ARK

The Ark projected for broadcast on BBC in 2015. The weirdly charismatic David Threlfall will play Noah in this biblical retelling.

Title #6: THE REDEMPTION OF CAIN (previously titled: Legend of Cain)

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Time Period: Biblical Time Period (debatable dates)

Plot: “Redemption of Cain is a re-imagining of the Biblical brother tale of Cain and Abel – with “a vampiric twist.” 

Popular Players: Will Smith (Directing Debut)

Release Date: SUMMER 2015

 

Title #7: Gods of Egypt

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Time Period: Ancient Egypt

Plot: A common thief joins a mythical god on a quest through Egypt.

Popular Players: Nikolaj Coster-Walkdau, Gerald Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Rufus Sewell, etc.

Release Date: 2016

 

Title#8: THE MUMMY REBOOT

Theatrical release poster. Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Theatrical release poster. Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Time Period: UNDETERMINED

Plot: “We’re reaching into the deep roots of The Mummy, which at its beating heart is a horror movie and then an action movie, and putting it into a context that is real and emotional. It’s still a four quadrant film but as a lot of recent movies have proven, audiences are hungry for more than they used to be. You can still have a family movie, an action movie that’s more grounded than these used to be. Without saying too much, we’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton’s books, and how he ground fantastical sales in modern-day science.”

Popular Players: Len Wiseman (director of Underworld Trilogy fame).

Release Date: 2016

 

Title #9: Jason and the Argonauts: Kingdom of Hades

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Time Period: Mythical Time Period of Archaic Greece

Plot:  It based on the graphic novel of the same name, which follows the fortunes of the Argonauts after the quest for the Golden Fleece—essentially a sequel to the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts.See a preview of the graphic novel-here

Popular Players: TBD

Time Release: 2016

Title#10:BE-HUR REBOOT

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Time Period: 1st Century CE

Plot: It is based on the classic novel about a wealthy Jew who falls from grace, then finds another kind of grace thanks to Jesus, with slavery, sea battles and chariot races along the way.

Popular Players: Timur Bekmambetov (director of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Roman Downey and Mark Burnett (The Bible miniseries).

Release Date: 2016

UPDATES

HANNIBAL

Vin Diesel long ago announced his intention to make his directorial debut and star as “Hannibal the Conqueror.” However, there has been a long silence on this project. In April 2014, Vin announced that the project was back in pre-production, and credited his friend and co-star the late Paul Walker for inspiring him to get the project back on track. “He would always say, ‘You need to do Hannibal. It will be your life’s work.’ Vin also indicated his intention to expand the project into a trilogy. “We must go further back in time, to grasp the magnitude and relevance of this underserved historic character. The first film in this trilogy will do just that, by introducing us to an even more obscured yet extremely pivotal character, Hannibal’s father.”

 

Latin Profanity: How to Swear in Latin

Posted on 13. Jan, 2015 by in Latin Language

Salvete Omnes,

With the beginning of the New Year, I know many people have started about learning a language for a resolutions.  While last week’s post discussed the top ten posts to help inspire and teach the language to beginners.

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WARNING: This post is not for the faint hearted. Romans were swearing and cursing in literature, poetry, and graffiti at the beginning of Western Civilizations. Since profanities are informal (and should not be used in public) and more often spoken than in literature, it is worthwhile to note several written sources of Latin profanity:

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Courtesy of ecards.

  • The satirical poets (Catullus and Martial) use the words in literary texts.
  • The orator and lawyer Cicero’s Epistulae ad Familiares (“Letters to My Friends”) confirm the “profane” or “obscene” status of many Latin words.
  • Graffiti from the Roman period, scrawled notably on the walls of Pompeii and Herculaneum.  We have a post on entitled: Ten Ancient Roman Graffiti Inscriptions.

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BASIC CURSE WORDS: EXCLAMATIONS!

  • “faex” – sh*t
  • “cane” – bitch (this is actually referring to a dog, however, and not the female derogatory)
  • “deodamnatus” – dammit
  • “Irrumator” – Bastard
  • “Bovis stercus” – Bull sh*t
  • “Lupa” – Slut
  • “Leno” – Pimp

BASIC SAYINGS:

  • filius canis” – son of a b**ch (literally ‘son of a dog’)
  • “futuere” – get f**ked
  • “futue te ipsi” – f**k you
  • “ede faecam” – eat sh*t
  • “Flocci non faccio” – I don’t give a damn
  • “Stercus accidit” – Sh*t happens

SWEAR WORDS & INSULTS:

  • “Es stultior asino” – You are dumber than an a**
  • “Es scortum obscenus vilis” – You are a vile, perverted whore
  • “Te futueo et caballum tuum” – Screw you and the horse you rode in on
  • “Es mundus excrementi” – You are a pile of sh*t
  • “Es stercus!”  You sh*t!
  • “Moecha Putida” – Dirty slut
  • “Podex perfectus es” – You’re a complete a**hole
  • “Potes meos suaviari clunes” – You can kiss my a**.
  • “Futue te ipsum!” – Go f*ck yourself!
  • “Perite” – F*ck off!
  • “Vacca stulta” – You stupid cow
  • fututus et mori in igni” – f**k off and die in a fire
  • “Vescere bracis meis” – Eat my shorts
  • “Morologus es!” – You’re talking like a moron!
  • “Puto vos esse molestissimos” – I think that you are very annoying
  • “Qualem blennum!” – What a doofus!
  • “Qualem muleirculam!” – What a bimbo

Funny Insults:

Mater tua tam obesa est ut cum Romae est urbs habet octo colles!
Your mama is so fat when she goes to Rome it has 8 hills!

New Year’s Resolutions: Learn Latin!

Posted on 07. Jan, 2015 by in Latin Language

2015 has begun! Hopefully you have decided on what your New Year’s Resolutions are going to be, but if not I may try to persuade you that learning Latin (or some basic Latin) may be an awesome one to add!

A generated meme created at Philosoraptor

A generated meme created at Philosoraptor

I have listed below the top 10 posts that I believe will inspire you to learn Latin, aid you in learning it, and give you the beginning tools to pursue the language.

WHY YOU SHOULD STUDY LATIN:

Courtesy of Memegenerator.com

Courtesy of Memegenerator.com

Famous People who studied Latin

So You Want to Learn Latin: Keep Calm and Read On!

Is there any advantage to learning Latin

BASICS OF LATIN:

A great way of showing children Latin within literature.

A great way of showing children Latin within literature.

Abbreviations in Latin

Conversational Latin

Awesome Resources (the Basics) of Latin

INTENSIVE GRAMMAR:

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Gerund vs. Gerundive

Unraveling the Dark Side of the Subjunctive

LATIN TRANSLATION FUN:

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15 Popular Movie Quotes Translated into Latin

How to Write a Love Letter in Latin

 

I do hope you found these inspirational and helpful. If at all there is any subject you would like to see written on, please comment!