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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.”

 

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!

Star Wars & Ancient Rome

Posted on 31. Dec, 2014 by in Roman culture

Salvete Omnes,

Star Wars Collage. Courtesy of Flickr.

Star Wars Collage. Courtesy of Flickr.

So over the last week of November, there was the trailer release of Episode VII of the Star Wars series. For those of you who have been living under a rock, here is the trailer:

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For any fans, one can actually see that there are several parallels between Star Wars and Ancient Rome. I have prepared to list quite a few of them. Please note that I am not going to address the extended lore (video games, literature, tv shows), but all the points I address are made and seen within Star Wars: Episodes I-VI.

1.Politics & Political Figures: Republics, Empires, Dictators, & More.

If one would to consider Ancient Rome, one would know that prior to the Empire (ruled by the Caesars) it was a Republic (consuls and co-consuls). In Star Wars, the Galactic was known as the Galactic Republic or the Old Republic and eventually became the Empire ruled by the Emperor.

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Both Julius Caesar and Senator Palatine were in their position much longer than they were supposed to be. They were given extended rule and power for the sake of the safety of the Republic.

Emperor or Palpatine from Stars Wars.  Courtesy of Flickr & TaymTaym.

Emperor or Palpatine from Stars Wars.
Courtesy of Flickr & TaymTaym.

However, they were both seized with either ambition or vanity and continued to pursue more power and a higher title. Both Palpatine and Julius Caesar were betrayed by someone they trusted, and were killed. (Brutus and Vader).

Bust of Julius Caesar. Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Bust of Julius Caesar. Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Another similarity between the Roman Empire and the Star Wars movies is the way that the two became Empires. They were both Republics, and both civilizations had a strong amount of confidence that the Republic would exist forever, in both Star War’s Galactic, and in Ancient Rome. In both civilizations there was a series of wars fueled by the Republic’s desire to conquer and expand. In the history of Ancient Rome, these wars were primarily the Punic Wars with Carthage. In Star Wars’ lore, there were a series of different wars namely The Old Sith Wars, the New Sith Wars, and The Clone Wars.

 

2. Games & Entertainment: Racing, Fighting, & More

The Star Wars franchise has two distinct scene that resonate with Ancient Rome: The Circus Maximus and the Colosseum. This first scene shows the pod racing clip from Episode I.

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This reminds me of the Ben Hur racing scence that takes place in the Circus Maximus. While, the other scene takes place in an alien Colosseum:

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3. Architecture

There are countless scenes in Stars Wars that are reminiscent of Ancient Roman scenery, architecture, etc.

The two prime examples would have to be Naboo’s governmental buildings and the Pantheon AND the Jedi Temple and Ancient Egyptian. I draw the Egyptian comparison only the light that Ancient Rome and Egypt had close ties during the Empire.

Naboo reconstruction. Courtesy of Flickr.

Naboo reconstruction. Courtesy of Flickr.

 

An 1835 view of the Pantheon by Rudolf von Alt, showing twin bell towers, often misattributed to Bernini. Courtesy of Wikicommons.

An 1835 view of the Pantheon by Rudolf von Alt, showing twin bell towers, often misattributed to Bernini. Courtesy of Wikicommons.

If one were to look at the building and structure of the Jedi Temple in comparison to some Ancient Egyptian architecture.

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Do you see similarities? Well I did.

Djeser-Djeseru is the main building of Hatshepsut's mortuary temple. Courtesy of Wikicommons.

Djeser-Djeseru is the main building of Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple. Courtesy of Wikicommons.

 

I do look forward to anyone’s parallels they can bring to this conversation.