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Gladiators - heroes or victims ?

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« on: August 11, 2007, 04:39:26 am »

So .. what did they show in the second part, sis? did it conform with history?

Yeah, saw part 2 last Tuesday. It was wonderful. The basic theme conformed with history. Was a very good presentation. The slaves' uprising was brutally crushed by the Romans. Spartacus was eventually killed and many others too. All defeated male survivors were crucified, lined along the road leading to the Roman emperor's residence. It was a horrible sight. Normally one would expect such a road to be lined with trees and flowers. But this one was lined with bodies hanging on crufixes. They claimed that more than half the trees of the area were cut down to make hundreds of crufix.

Of course there were certain details which I'm sure were concocted to make the movie interesting for viewers. E.g. Spartacus' wife (or mistress) who participated in the rebellion by joining the group didn't go to the battlefields, so she survived. But some Roman authorities were secretly very kind with few of these survivors, especially with the women and elderly. They quietly freed them and sent them home. Spartacus' wife was one of them. But I don't think this is historically true. There's no Roman in recorded history who was so gentle with prisoners of a revolt.

However, it was a very entertaining movie and exposed the Romans in a very truthful way.
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