This volume adds to previous historical and political studies about 'Gladiator' with essays about the movie’s relation to pop culture and contemporary discourses. It not only relates 'Gladiator' to traditional cinema aspects such as heroism, music, acting, studio culture, and visual effects, but it also connects the film to sports, religion, and the environment, expanding the ways in which the film can be evaluated by modern audiences. The volume can be read by individuals or in classroom settings, especially as a recommended text for students studying the ancient world in film.
Rachel L. Carazo is an Ed.D. candidate (St. Thomas University), an MLIS candidate (The University of Southern Mississippi), and an MSc Ancient Worlds Candidate (The University of Edinburgh). She has a graduate degree in English (M.A.) and four undergraduate degrees, one of which is in history. In addition to publishing numerous essays in edited volumes on literature, film and television, and pop cultural trends, she has also written two novels. Her fandom of 'Gladiator', which has endured since 2000, inspired her to choose this topic for her first edited volume, and her experience writing, tutoring, and teaching has aided in its creation.
Gladiator, pop culture, digital media, ecocriticism, the environment, character studies, heroism, ancient history, film studies