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Gladiator: Hey, Gang! Let's Revive the Republic!

Early on in Gladiator (2000, dir. Ridley Scott), Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) tells Maximus (Russell Crowe) that he wants to “return Rome to the people” and re-establish the Roman Republic. 1,496 more words


Movie Ramblings: Underworld Evolution

Evolution is Kate Beckinsale’s second outing in the Underworld vampires vs werewolves franchise. This film picks up immediately following the events of the first movie… 387 more words


I, Claudius: a brief review

This is a fascinating book about the early days of the Roman empire. In the mid-1970s, a mini-series was made based on this book. It was a stunning piece of work, and if you haven’t seen it, I recommend that you do. 109 more words

Gladiator: A Brief Comment about Names

One of the small things that sort of bugs me about Gladiator (2000, dir. Ridley Scott) is that is screws up Roman rules about naming. Roman society recognized that any upper class man belonged to a familia (a unit formed by the marriage of a man and woman, loosely comparable to the modern nuclear family) and to a  596 more words


Exploring Audio Books

I have just discovered audiobooks. I love reading and the sense of losing myself in a book, but now I have found that you can lose yourself just as thoroughly by listening to a book. 327 more words

'Vicious' season 1 finale recap: Coming out to Mom

Season 1 | Episode 6 | Aired Aug 3, 2014

Before Freddie and Stuart celebrate 49 years together, Ash accidentally lets news of the anniversary party slip to Stuart’s mother. 1,053 more words