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Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
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thecoweyed From: thecoweyed Date: October 15th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
The bit that made Gladiator palatable to me was Derek Jacobi as the senator. Whenever things were going horribly wrong historically, you could just sit back and laugh 'cause, after all those years, and just at the point when the actual senate finally gave up trying to look like it had any control of the state whatsoever, Claudius was still trying to restore the republic.

Also, I was quite impressed that there was a movie out there with Maecenas in it at all... and I also thought the depiction of him was awesome. Prancing about in his greeky clothing, being all effeminate... with a cognomen like Maecenas, how manly can you be, anyway? Certainly not as manly as any proper Roman.

My favorite part of that film was that it actually showed (via Maecenas) the Augustan propaganda machine at work in some regards. The funniest part, of course, is that while, on the one hand, they show hints of Augustus' propaganda machine against Antony, on the other hand, they show Antony acting like a drunken horndog over in Egypt. In other words, the film both depicts and is a product of the Augustan propaganda machine at the same time. Which amused me muchly. :)

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