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ROME... now a miniseries. [Aug. 18th, 2005|10:30 am]
We're Classicists and we're bitter...

pit_of_snarks

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I just read the TV Times about 'Rome'. The cover has a picture of their Mark Antony, resplendent in leather armour, riding a black horse. On the inside, there's a scene of Caesar (Ciaran Hinds) arms upraised, saluting (?) the masses while three women stand with him. Across the top is written 'HISTORY LESSON'. After I stopped twitching, I examined the picture more closely. We have here, left to right, the elderly Roman matron concerned about declining morals, Caesar (with red face paint... or a print error), evil plotting filthy minx disguised as a young Roman woman, and then virtuous young Roman woman. I can tell all of this from their facial expressions. Subtle. The article itself says they were ever so careful with historical details to 'get it right' and 'not lie' and 'show the truth'. *twitchtwitchtwitch!* Especially how they say the "Real Rome" is all about sex and violence. *facepalm* It is sad to note that they were insane in reproducing the materials of Rome- the leather, the fabrics. Such a shame that they went through all of that trouble only to make up inacurate clothes with them.

Me: Hm. Yeah, they didn't have leather breastplates. And... no metal gauntlets either. And what's with the feathers?

It's still early yet... I won't actually be able to see this, having no TV, but I expect to hear full reports :D

-Sophie
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From: ex_changed176
2005-08-18 10:28 am (UTC)
No no, it's sex and death, silly TV guide.
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[User Picture]From: philosophercat
2005-08-18 03:25 pm (UTC)
True, true! We must all be thankful that the actor playing Antony was nettled over the idea of Rome being censored of all of that good stuff because otherwise 'we'd be lying'. Oh my.
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[User Picture]From: bromius
2005-08-18 12:17 pm (UTC)
Well no matter what it's got to be more accurate than Gladiator.
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[User Picture]From: philosophercat
2005-08-18 03:23 pm (UTC)
Hee. Well... now, they cited Gladiator, so I'm not sure if this is more horror or no ;) It also said something about taking what everyone knows about Rome and 'spinning' it into fiction... Hm.
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[User Picture]From: cleo_eurydike
2005-08-18 01:11 pm (UTC)
Feathers to strike fear into the hearts of their barbarian enemies.
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[User Picture]From: philosophercat
2005-08-18 03:29 pm (UTC)
Why am I having a Monty Python flashback? ;)

"No! Not the duck down duvet! Noooooo!" ;)

I fancy they just look pretty on their helmets. *nod*
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From: phasma_aphanes
2005-08-19 05:11 pm (UTC)
I must tell you that I saw a little documentary on the making of the film and there historical consultant is a guy with an MA is Classics (http://www.hbo.com/rome/cast/crew/jonathan_stamp.html). I am a Classicist (as we all are) and I teach history because I focus on politics and historical texts and I have spent many a year learning history. But most Classics students at the BA and MA focus on languages and litereture and know very little detailed history. This guy is no exception. I saw him speaking in te documentary and he is no different.

And the red face paint is supposed to be Caesar at his triumph...
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[User Picture]From: kakodaimon
2006-02-02 08:45 pm (UTC)
Sorry to dredge something up so long-dead, but this has caught my curiosity for awhile now - why? Is it some rule that you have to do grad work on grammatical minutae?

I'm a classics undergrad nearing fourth year, and I'm worried if this is the case... language is great, yes, but (for me) mostly because of the stories behind and in it. Some people DO do MA theses in non-language-focussed things, surely?
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From: phasma_aphanes
2006-02-03 06:14 pm (UTC)
You don't have to focus on grammatical minutiae. But if you don't have and demonstrate language skills, you will not get very far in Classics. Rather, you will be sent over the history or philosophy or anthropology or archaeology or some ancillary field where the language skills are not as necessary--though they should be...
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[User Picture]From: kakodaimon
2006-02-03 06:26 pm (UTC)
It's not that I don't like the languages. I do. I'm good at them. I just don't want them to be the point, but the tool I use to get there...
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From: phasma_aphanes
2006-02-03 06:41 pm (UTC)
it all depends on where you go and who you get to work with. but generally speaking, an MA is focused on language development.
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[User Picture]From: kakodaimon
2006-02-03 06:46 pm (UTC)
OK. Thanks very much.
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