(The Senate convened on Facebook and the subject was YOUR favorite Sword and Sandal movie. Be part of the Senate and leave a comment here on the blog or go to Facebook.)
Christopher Ferndedez Packham — Just watching the original BBC I, Claudius for the first time. It is so good. Makes everything done since look like high school project TV in comparison. The portayal of Livia is astonishing, and TIberius is genuine a monster of a man. Grim and brooding.
So what is everyone elses favourite screen (Big or small) depiction of Rome?
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Adem Koci — “Rome”, no question. It kindled my whole interest in ancient Rome
William Glover — I found Graves Books before the series, but “Rome” and “I Claudius” make a great pair to watch then it helps put faces to the names in the books (both fiction and non-fiction)
Matt Huxley — Spartacus for it’s realism (including the annoyingly gratuitous sex and violence). I Claudius for pure entertainment (and the book is even better). Rome for it’s attention to visual details although was very hit and miss. Cicero, Cato, Servilia, and Brutus were convincingly portrayed but Ciaran Hinds made an unconvincing Caesar and their portrayal of Cleopatra was criminal.
Christopher Ferndadez Packham — How can sex in Ancient Rome ever be gratuitous? This was before the deadly repressive hand of St Paul. I think HBO Rome suffered from the cancellation in series two.