Guest Author - Rebecca Graf
Watching movies, especially some of the classical ones, can be a great history learning moment. They give an opportunity to bring history to life and can be the platform for great conversations. A movie to help you do just that is Spartacus.
Filmed in 1960, the movie tells the story of a Roman slave who leads a revolt against the empire. The revolt spread throughout the mainland of Italy and began to show the chinks in Romeís armor. Does the movie truly represent history? Ah. Here is the fun of learning history and watching movies. How do you do it? Easy.
After you watch the movie, do some personal research on Spartacus. You will find out that he did really exist and he did lead the revolt. He did cause Rome a lot of grief and he did try to escape using pirates who pulled a fast one on him and left him to meet his death. He did start out in the gladiator school. Other than that Hollywood left history behind.
The truth is always a little different than film. It is reported that he was married and not to Jean Simmons. His wife was sold into slavery with him. What happened to her is unknown. His heritage is actually questioned, too, as terminologies have changed over the years. In reality he was not the only leader of the revolt but shared the position with others.
The movie seems real as it is watched and appears to be happening in front of us. There is action and romance. But when you look into each aspect of the movie and see what really happened it makes history even more alive. Was the Roman Senate really the way it was depicted on screen? Were slaves really treated that way? Did they really dress that way?
Use the movie to look further into each of these. Do you have a child who is studying Roman history or even taking Latin? Watch this movie. How about just wanting to expand your own historical knowledge? Watch the movie.
Though the film should not be taken as historical fact, it can be used in the study of history. Any film should not be taken as one hundred percent accurate as many things are changed to add drama or excitement for a movie-goer. But donít let that dismiss you from watching historical movies. There is a lot to learn and usually a seed to know more is planted.
Visit your local library for more information. Check out more BellaOnline articles to learn more. Scour the internet and search out what really happened. You will learn so much by watching a few enjoyable historical movies.
Spartacus is a great classical movie for the whole family to watch. There is no foul language and the violence is tame compared to new movies that are released. The romance is tame with no fear of nudity. A great movie for a history night.