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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.

The episode is also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.

Further reading:

  • Emily Albu. “Gladiator at the Millennium.” Arethusa 41.1 (2008).
  • Jon Solomon. The Ancient World in the Cinema. Yale University Press (2001)
  • Martin Winkler. Gladiator: Film and History. Blackwell (2004)
Produced by Garrett Wright and Gabriel Moss
Edited by Ashley Curry
Music by Garrett Wright
All opinions are the speakers’ own, and do not represent the official views of UNC or the Department of History.
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