/ Imagerie populaire contre réalité historique : ce que la série Rome révèle sur la pratique de l’histoire

Popular Imagination vs. Historical Reality : What does HBO’s Rome reveal about the practice of history

Historical films have been subject to controversy and criticism within the discipline of historyin recent decades, particularly as film began to influence popular imagination on historicalevents. The release of Ridley Scott’s
Gladiator (2000) instigated an overflow of literature and public interest in antiquity and the historical ‘epic’ that had remained dormant for thirty-six years the last successful historical epic about ancient Rome was Anthony Mann’s
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964). Historians noted that the sudden return of the epic began toshape conceptions of history, whilst debate regarding the usefulness and validity of film inrepresenting history emerged.

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