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Alexander the Great revisited

Oliver Stone's Alexander was watched and debated. You'd better listen, people get excited...

3 thoughts on “Alexander the Great revisited”

  • Quinton Johansen
    Quinton Johansen April 10, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Gladiator was a *spaghetti western* dressed in Roman clothes, thus a quintessentially American storyline with its hero. Americans simply don't know much of anything about Greek history, except perhaps the what *300* covers. Alexander (2004) covers a history no one knows in the US, and add the timing, in 2004, with passage in something like 13 US states of bans of same-sex marriage.
    More could have been done with Hephaistion to show his logistical talents, as well as the intensity of his relationship with Alexander. Friendship in ancient Greek/Macedonian culture meant so much more than it does today in US or perhaps Europe. It was much more central. Whatever the actuality of their relationship it WAS central to both of them. Colin Farrell, by the way, was warned away from Alexander because he had just done a film in which he was a very close friend of a gay character.
    I could go on forever, I enjoyed the movie, I have 3 versions. Thank you for your insights, gentlemen. Greek themed movies won't get the audience attention the way the Romans do in the US. I am the rare person who loves it all. Again, Greek subjects don't sell box office. They can all the dreams, but box office is the final arbiter. See my opening again, Gladiator tapped into one of the American myths.

  • Dan Antonescu

    You've forgot to discuss, or maybe even haven't heard, about the best ancient historical author and his books, which would dwarf everything else if they would ever make it to the big/small screen: Christian Cameron and his incredible Long War and Tyrant/God of War series.

    • Jasper Oorthuys
      Jasper Oorthuys April 19, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      Books are a good idea for another podcast, actually. But you're right, Christian Cameron's work is excellent.

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