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It's Ancient History
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 284
A dramatization of William Shakespeare's tragedy set in Roman times dealing with the revenge of Titus Andronicus for the atrocities committed against his family by Tamora, the captive queen of the Goths, and her faction.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 215
A play about power, assassination and revenge. Presents a broad range of historical personalities as complicated human beings in agonizing conflict with one another and themselves.
Troy (2004)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD PA4025.A2 T76 2007
In 1193 B.C., Prince Paris, the son of the King of Troy falls in love with Helen, the wife of the king of Sparta, and convinces her to follow him away from her husband, Menelaus. The result is an epic war in which the Greeks sail to Troy and lay siege. Achilles, the greatest warrior in all the world, is called in to fight against Troy and give Greece ...
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 004 323
The story of Alexander the Great, who in 4th century BC conquered ninety percent of the known world of the time by defeating Greece, Persia, Afghanistan, and India in just eight years.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD PN1992.77 .R66 Season 1 2006
"Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world, a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people, epicenter of a sprawling empire. The Republic was founded on principles of shared power and fierce personal competition, never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now, those foundations are crumbling, ...
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 017 369
Spartacus is the bold gladiator slave who leads a massive slave revolt against Imperial Rome in this account of man's eternal struggle for freedom.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 003 775
In the year 44 B.C., Julius Caesar has been assassinated and civil war threatens to destroy the Republic. In the void left by Caesar's demise, egos clash and numerous players jockey for position. The brutally ambitious Mark Antony attempts to solidify his power, aligning himself with Atia, but coming to blows with her cunning son Octavian, who has been ...
Roma (1972)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 008 086
Federico Fellini's reminiscences of Rome from World War II to the the film's original release date (1972).
DVD
Storage | Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD PN1995.9.H5 C54 2001
Story of the life of Cleopatra, queen of ancient Egypt, from her ascension to the throne through her struggle for power and her loves and entanglements with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 213
Shakespeare's classic tale of Julius Caesar's assassination at the hands of the Roman senate.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 216
An adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, chronicling the events around the assassination of Julius Caesar.
Titus (1999)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 283
Shakespeare's story of the Roman general Titus Andronicus, who unleashes a cycle of violent revenge when he ignores the pleas for mercy of his captive, the queen of the defeated Goths, Tamora. Presented in a blend of past and present.
Ben-Hur (1959)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 981
A peace-loving prince of Judea leads his nation against the wrath of the conquering Romans. His self-imposed destiny brings tragedy to himself and his people, as he learns to fight, love, hate and, finally, forgive.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 006 363
In 48 B.C., Cleopatra, facing palace revolt in her kingdom of Egypt, welcomes the arrival of Julius Caesar as a way of solidifying her power under Rome. When Caesar, whom she has led astray, is killed, she transfers her affections to Marc Antony.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 005 834
In the year 180, after the death of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, Maximus, one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals is stripped of his rank and sold into slavery, as Marcus's devious son, Commodus, ascends to the throne. Forced to become a gladiator, Maximus is determined to avenge himself and eventually gets the opportunity, when Commodus ...
Caesar (2002)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 001 530
Traces Caesar's rise to prominence as a brilliant military tactician. Includes his complex relationships with his mentor General Pompey and his second wife Calpurnia. His ideological tiltings with Senator Cato, who advocates democracy over Caesar's dictatorial ambitions. Explains Caesar's violent epileptic seizures, his megalomania, his casually calculated ...
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 009 441
Fellini recreates the bawdy and lecherous days of Nero's reign in ancient Rome and its lack of concern with human dignity and obsession with perverse sex. The film is also an allegorical satire of the self-indulgence of modern society.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 008 772
In the 5th-century B.C., King Leonidas of Sparta has only his 300 bodyguards to stand with him against an invasion by the 60,000 men of the Persian army. Their heroic stand against the invasion gives the other Greek city-states time to organize a large fighting force and ultimately defeat the Persians.