The Digital History Lab is excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, The Lens: Historians and Popular Media. Co-hosted by Gabe Moss and Garrett Wright, each episode of The Lens will feature a conversation about one piece of popular media–films, television shows, video games, etc.–with a historian at UNC.
Listen to Episode 1, “Anachronism and Imperial Anxiety in Gladiator,” below. In this episode, UNC-Chapel Hill PhD Candidate and DHL Co-Director Gabe Moss talks about the film’s connection to the civic mythology of Ancient Rome and the political culture of the late 20th century US. This is the first of a two-part series on popular representations of the ancient world. Tune in in a couple of weeks for a conversation with Gabe about the film and graphic novel 300.
- Emily Albu. “Gladiator at the Millennium.” Arethusa 41.1 (2008). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/232472
- Jon Solomon. The Ancient World in the Cinema. Yale University Press (2001)
- Martin Winkler. Gladiator: Film and History. Blackwell (2004)
Music by Garrett Wright