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The Fall of the Roman Empire

April 26th, 2016 ·No Comments

Occasionally, I will look at websites which list things – all the way from bad plastic surgery to deadly reptiles of Australia. Believe me, there is a lot of stuff that falls in the middle and stuff that hangs off both sides. Today, one thing led to another and I found myself  looking at the some of the biggest losers in epic films.

The Fall of the Roman Empirenot to be confused with Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, which of course one reads and does not watch –  caught my attention. As you can see, if you clicked on the link, it is considered a good film and has actors the caliber of Alec Guinness, who had a famous role in a movie about another empire.

Now, of course, I have decided I have to see this film, and so the search will begin. Oh, how I wish I could walk into the Beavercreek, Ohio GoodWill (across from City Barbecue) and find a VHS copy. That store has a lot of historical films on the shelves, probably because it is close to a university.

I haven’t started an Internet search; maybe it won’t be difficult at all. Actually, it would seem likely I have already seen it since it was made in 1964, right in the middle of my high school years – when students still took Latin and dressed up in togas on Latin Day. But I don’t remember. I do remember taking part in a vocabulary contest at one Latin Day and watching Quo Vadis at another. (Robert Taylor, as in Waterloo Bridge – as if everyone were as old as I. Heavens, I am giggling at myself.

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