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Spartacus: Film and History 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1405131803
ISBN-10: 1405131802
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“Both the range of positions and also the excellent bibliographic notes (especially from Winkler and Ward) provide a fine basis for any student to develop their knowledge of the original events, the making of the movie, or the political and cultural context of the time.” (Art & Archaeology, 2010)

“Like [Winkler’s] volumes on Gladiator and Troy, [Spartacus] has fascinating information and impassioned arguments.” (Cineaste, Spring 2009)

“The 11 essays by eight authors examine in depth the iconic classic from a variety of fascinating historical, political, and cinematic perspectives.” (Choice)

"I thought i was becoming a little bored with Spartacus until I read this book ... it made me remember why I found the subject so fascinating in the first place. This volume is invaluable for everyone interested in epic movies, the Roman Republic, the Cold War or the process of the appropriation of rebels." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

“Winkler’s Spartacus: Film and History breaks new ground … [an] invaluable volume.” (New England Classical Journal)

“An outstanding and innovative volume that will be very useful to teachers and students of Classics and Cinema.” (Classical Outlook)

"As a study of a particular age and country in cinema history, the book does indeed make a contribution." (Scholia Reviews)


"These essays - lively and learned - give new depth to the greatest gladiator film of all time. Historians and film scholars pool their talents to show afresh how Kubrick’s Spartacus was made and what this ancient slave revolt means to us today."
Natalie Zemon Davis, author of The Return of Martin Guerre and Slaves on Screen

"Nobody teaching a classics film course and no classics library can afford to be without this book. It is a major contribution to our understanding of one of the most popular and important films on the ancient world. Packed with perceptive analysis and fascinating facts, this book approaches Spartacus from a wide variety of perspectives, and there is admirable depth as well as breadth."
Paul Murgatroyd, McMaster University


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (December 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405131802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405131803
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,671,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Walter D. Teague on August 1, 2014
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This is a most important for because it isn't just about the movie, it has serious value in explaining the context of the rebellion and then in chapter 8 Michael Parenti does an excellent job explaining why Spartacus lost. In fact that he had to lose because at the time the ruling class understood how to exploit the traumatic damage done to slaves, and the rebels didn't really understand what they were up against.
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