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The Relevance of Modern cinema to the study of Ancient History Cinema has been around for about 100 years now Who would have thought that the French short called The journey to the Moon 1901 would progress into a digital masterpiece like GLADIATOR Over the century of movies that the world has witnessed the have been almost 70 films made on the subject of classics 21 of these were made in the decade between 1959-1969 Almost every one of these with the exception of 6 including Carry On Cleo was solely intent on showing the cultural side of classical times rather than the popular gory side eg Cleopatra Both sides are incredibly useful to the study of ancient history The former shows how the ancient civilisations lived and the latter shows what they did for entertainment The subject of classics was first seen to be a novel idea to base a film on in 1899 by the French director Georges Mlis when he made Clopatre This idea soon caught on with some years churning out as many as 4 classics films a year 1908 1961 1962 However the idea of classics in a movie soon became clichd after 21 versions of Hercules 9 versions of Quo Vadis 15 films based on Cleopatra and 7 versions of Spartacus So it was unsurprising that from 1983 there was a 14-year gap between two classics films Ironically both films were a version of Hercules the most recent being a Disney Version which actually stole ideas from almost every significant Greek myth ever told Even then after 14 years directors feared making a classical movie as it could ruin their career Ridley Scott was the first daring filmmaker when after 4 years he made perhaps the most incredible classics film ever Years of studying classics went into the movie and the excellent effects enhanced the experience Now in the new millennium the idea is
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