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A Glimpse of Teenage Life in Ancient Rome (USA, 2012, 6 min.) and Four Sisters in Ancient Rome (USA, 2013, 8 min,): Two colorful shorts about growing up in Rome by historian Ray Laurence (author of Roman Passions and Pompeii: The Living City).

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UK Book Tour 2011: One of the highlights of Steven’s tour was his appearance at the Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry & Creative Writing in Hull. Watch his conversation with Martin Goodman, director of the Larkin Centre, here. UK, 2011, 73 minutes.
EMPIRE (Birodalom): Steven is interviewed at the site of ancient Aquincum near Budapest for primetime Hungarian TV. Steven’s comments have a Hungarian voice-over. Watch it here. Hungary, 2011, 8 minutes.
ROMAN BLOOD (Korean publication): Speaking from his home office, Steven makes his pitch for Roman Blood to readers in Korea. Watch it here. USA, 2009, 3 minutes.
Saylor & Pressfield at the Getty Villa: Steven and fellow author Steven Pressfield (Gates of Fire) discuss the challenges of setting fiction in the ancient world. Watch it here. USA, 2008, 84 minutes.
ROMA: “Periodista Digital”: Steven is interviewed about Roma during his Madrid book tour. Steven’s replies are dubbed over in Spanish. Watch it here. Spain, 2008, 6 minutes.
ROMA Book Launch, Madrid: In February 2008, Steven’s Spanish publisher La Esfera de los Libros hosted a launch party for Roma at the massive SPQR Roman art exhibit. Watch a clip < href="" target="_blank">here. Spain, 2008, 3 minutes.
ROMA: “Meet the Author”: An exhausted Steven (can you tell?) sits for a brief “Meet the Author” interview about Roma at the end of his 2007 UK book tour. Watch it here or here. UK, 2007, 4 minutes.
O. Henry: Steven is interviewed about author O. Henry, the main character of A Twist at the End, Steven’s novel about Austin, Texas in the 1880s and America’s first recorded serial murders. Watch it here. USA, 2007, 6 minutes. (Read more about the novel here.)

Achilles: The saga of the Trojan War, and the love story of Achilles and Patroclus, narrated by Derek Jacobi and captured in stop-motion animation by Barry J.C. Purves, whose site features others great shorts and lots of extras. Watch it here. UK, 1994, 11 minutes.
Arion: A young Thracian takes up the cause of Prometheus and wages war against the gods of Olympus. Fantastic visuals! An All-Region DVD in Japanese with English subtitles is out there, and worth searching for...or begin watching here. Japan, 1986.
Carthago Nova: This animated docudrama depicts the Roman siege of the Carthaginian colony in Spain, and the subsequent life of the city under Roman rule through a fictional story about the Albinus family. (The site of Carthago Nova is at present-day Cartagena.) Watch in Spanish or in English. Spain, 2011, 66 minutes.
Etched in Stone: From the inscription on Trajan’s Column comes the typeface that bears his name. But can a font be too powerful? An unlikely Hollywood murder mystery. Watch it here. USA, 2004, 10 minutes.
Gladiator Academy: This animated series for kids comes from Spain, but you can watch all of episode 1: The Art of Deception and 2: Sporadicus in English at YouTube. Spain, 2002, 24 minutes
Gladiator—Playmobil Tribute: An homage to the Ridley Scott film, using the medium of Playmobil. We are all auteurs now. Watch it here. USA, 2008, 6 minutes.
A Greek Tragedy (Een griekse tragedie): Three caryatids strive to hold up a crumbling Greek temple. Oscar winner for Best Animated Short. Watch it here. Belgium, 1985, 6 minutes.
GreekMythsAnimated’s Channel at YouTube features lots of Russian-language cartoons based on familiar myths, some with English subtitles. Shown here: “The Myth of Theseus.” Watch here.
Heracles Visits Admetus: Soviet-era animation by Anatoly Petrov, based on the myth of Alcestis. English subtitles. Watch Part 1Part 2. Russia, 1986, 18 minutes.
Ikaros and the Wise Men: Soviet-era animation, based on the Icarus myth. Watch it here. Russia, 1974, 8 minutes.
Mighty Hercules in “Medusa’s Sceptre”: This TV series was a treasured inspiration from Steven’s boyhood. Johnny Nash sings the theme song: “Softness in his eyes, iron in his thighs, virtue in his heart, fire in every part of the mighty Hercules!” Watch it here. USA, 1963, 6 minutes. (A Mighty Hercules collection is now available on DVD!)
Mytho Logique: French students made this animated short (with English subtitles) set in a pastoral world of fauns, centaurs, and dryads—plus a cameo appearance by Zeus. Watch it here. France, 2010, 6 minutes.
Oedipus: Sophocles’ timeless Greek tragedy, performed by...vegetables! A sword and salad mini-epic from filmmaker Jason Wishnow. Watch it here or (maybe) here. USA, 2004, 8 minutes.
Return from Olympus: The restless Hercules descends from the heavens for adventures on earth in this Russian animation with English subtitles. Watch part 1part 2. Russia, 18 minutes.

Documentaries & Docudramas
Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul: National Geographic made these short videos for the eye-opening exhibit, including Greek and Egypto-Roman artifacts, which has toured the US, Canada, and the UK. Watch here. USA, 2008. (Read the companion book.)
Balancing Fact & Fiction: The Ancient World of HBO’s Rome: Jonathan Stamp (author of the Rome coffee table tome) discusses his experiences as the historical consultant on the Rome series in an appearance at the Getty Villa. Watch it here. USA, 2009, 75 minutes.
Britain B.C.: Francis Pryor looks at life in Britain and Ireland before the Romans. Watch Episode 12. UK, 2003, 46 minutes each. (Read the companion book.)
Caligula: Reign of Madness: “While Rome cowered in terror, Caligula killed for the sheer fun of it!” Watch it here. (Veoh Web Player download and ad-viewing required.) USA, 1997, 44 minutes.
Catacombs of Rome: A three-year long project has created the first 3D images of Rome’s catacombs. Read the BBC story and watch a brief clip here. UK, 2009, 1 minute.
Claudius, Boy of Ancient Rome: Educational short made by Encyclopedia Britannica in 1964, using footage and sets from The Fall of the Roman Empire. Claudius and his friends speak Latin! Watch here. US, 1964, 16 minutes.
Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer: BBC docudrama inspired by the discovery of a skeleton purported to be that of Cleopatra’s younger sister Arsinoë (more info here), murdered at the queen’s behest. Watch it here. (Veoh Web Player download and ad-viewing required.) UK, 2009, 58 minutes.
Digital Karnak: This extraordinary site, hosted by UCLA, offers numerous videos and virtual reconstructions of the site of Karnak, one of the largest temple complexes of Ancient Egypt. Begin your explorations here.
Getting to Know Herakleides: Scientific analysis has revealed the secrets of the rare and spectacular mummy of Herakleides; a talk by conservator Marie Svoboda at the Getty Villa. Watch it here. USA, 2008, 40 minutes.
GladiatorGames: The RomanBloodsport: A look at the making of Gladiator and the history behind the movie. Watch it here. USA, 2000, 60 minutes.
Hearst & Getty: Collectors of Antiquities: Hearst Castle historian Victoria Kastner explores the relationship between two major collectors of Classical art and architecture. A presentation at the Getty Villa. Watch it here. USA, 2010, 64 minutes.
Herculaneum Uncovered: What was life like before the eruption of Vesuvius, and how did the destruction of Herculaneum differ from that of Pompeii? An episode from the PBS “Secrets of the Dead” series. Watch it here. US, 2004, 55 minutes.
HiddenHistory of Rome: TerryIJones looks at the daily lives of ordinary Romans in ancient times. Watch it here. UK, 2007, 50 minutes.
Murderin Rome: Docudrama based on Cicero’s first big murder trial — the same source material for Steven’s debut novel, Roman Blood. Paul Rhys plays Cicero. Watch it here. UK, 2005, 50 minutes.
Pericles of Athens and the Dangers of Democracy: Classicist Loren J. Samons II examines the legacy of the man who created the Athenian Empire; a talk at the Getty Villa. Watch it here. USA, 2008, 72 minutes.
Roman Bath: Historians and scientists build a Roman bath from scratch to unlock its secrets. A “Secrets of Lost Empires” episode from Nova/PBS. Watch it here. USA, 2000, 54 minutes. (Also available on DVD.)
The Search for Alexander the Great: 4-part docudrama series hosted by James Mason, starring Nicholas Clay as Alexander and Ian Charleson as Hephaistion. The whole thing is up at YouTube; start watching here. UK, 1981, approx. 200 minutes.
Secrets of Egypt: Alexander’s Tomb: A look at Alexander the Great’s exploits in Egypt and the mystery of his tomb’s location. Watch the UK version here (Veoh Web Player download and ad-viewing required) or US version here. UK, 2009, 45 minutes.
Secrets of Egypt: Cleopatra: Overview of the Egyptian queen’s proud pedigree and tumultuous career. Watch it here. (Veoh Web Player download and ad-viewing required.) UK, 2008, 45 minutes.
Secrets of the Parthenon: Historians and scientists reverse-engineer the remarakble achievement of the ancient Athenians. An episode from Nova/PBS. Watch it here. USA, 2008, 53 minutes. (Also available on DVD.)
Sex in the Ancient World: Prostitution in Pompeii: Excellent doc about brothels and sexual slavery in Pompeii. Watch it here. USA, 2009, 42 minutes. (Another episode is about Ancient Egyptian erotica; watch it here.)
Sinking Atlantis: Did a huge volcanic eruption and tsumani wipe out Minoan civilization? An episode from the PBS “Secrets of the Dead” series. Watch it here. US, 2008, 53 minutes.
Togason TV: BBC documentary about the small screen’s fascination with Ancient Rome. Lots of vintage clips and talking heads. Watch it here. UK, 2007, 59 minutes.
Tracking the Cosmos: The Technology of the Antikythera Mechanism: Jo Marchant, author of Decoding the Heavens, and science historian James Evans discuss the unique artifact recovered from a Greek ship that sank 2000 years ago. A presentation at the Getty Villa. Watch it here. USA, 2010, 67 minutes.
Uncorking the Past: A Fermented Drink with the Midas Touch: Patrick McGovern explains the archaeological approach behind the recreation of a heady brew served at the King Midas funerary feast. A presentation at the Getty Villa. Watch it here. USA, 2011, 18 minutes.

Feature Films & TV Episodes
Barefoot in Athens: Peter Ustinov won an Emmy as the Greek philosopher Socrates in this Maxwell Anderson play. The cast includes Geraldine Page and Christopher Walken in his film debut. If you know any way to see the complete version, please let Steven know! Online clips here and here. USA, 1966.
Caesar & Cleopatra: Shaw’s play with a dream cast — Alec Guinness and Geneviève Bujold. Start watching here. USA, 1976, 75 minutes. (Also available on Region 2 DVD from the UK.)
Caligula: Spanish-language TV production of the play by Albert Camus. Watch here. Spain, 1971, 107 minutes.
Chelmsford 123: BBC comedy series about Roman Britain, now up at YouTube. Start watching Episode One, “Arrividerci Roma,” here. UK, 1988, 13 half-hour episodes. (Also available on Region 2 DVD from the UK.)
The Cleopatras: Hoping to repeat the huge success of I, Claudius, British TV came up with this scandalous mini-series about of the Ptolemy dynasty in Egypt. Start watching here. UK, 1983, 8 50-minute episodes.
Karaoglan: Bizansli Zorba (The Byzantine Tyrant): Turkish comic book hero Karaoglan (played by Kartal Tibet) battles the wicked emperor and his gladiators in Constantinople. In Turkish. Begin watching here. Turkey, 1967, 67 minutes.
Oedipus the King: Legendary film version with a dream cast (Christopher Plummer as Oedipus, Lilli Palmer as Jocasta, Orson Welles as Tiresias). If you know of a higher quality version of this movie, please let Steven know!) Begin watching here. UK, 1968, 97 minutes.
Peplumz Channel at YouTube: As Captain Oveur asked in Airplane!, “Do you like movies about gladiators?” Get your daily dose here. (For a more substantial fix, check out Steven’s Sword & Sandal page.)
Tarkan: Raised by wolves, Tarkan (Kartal Tibet) enters the service of Attila against the Roman emperor Valentinian. In Turkish. Begin watching here. Turkey, 1969, 80 minutes.
The Theban Plays: In 1984, British TV broadcast the entire trilogy by Sophocles with superb casts (Anthony Quayle as Oedipus, Juliet Stevenson as Antigone). If you know of higher quality versions, please let Steven know! Watch Oedipus the KingOedipus at ColonusAntigone.
Time Tunnel: “Revenge of the Gods”: In this episode from the 1966 TV series, two American time travelers find themselves in the Trojan War—where everyone speaks English! Watch it here. 51 minutes.

Shorts & Commercials
Cléopâtre—L’accord: Music video from the French rock opera “Cléopâtre, la dernière Reine d’Egypte” starring Sofia Essaïdi and Christopher Stills (son of Stephen Stills). Watch here. France, 2009, 3 minutes. (Also available on Region 2 DVD from France.)
Dark Horse: Katy Perry is no Liz Taylor, but her incarnation of Cleopatra is kinda...Juicy! Watch the music video here. USA, 2014, 4 minutes.
The Death of Socrates: Steve Martin captures the pathos of the dying philosoper’s last moments of life…not! From the NBC special “Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty.” Watch it here. USA, 1980, 4 minutes.
Discus: Commercial for GE Ecomagination shown during the Beijing Olympics; a discus thrower in ancient Greece (Anderson Davis) inadvertently wreaks havoc. Watch it here. USA, 2008, 1 minute.
One Epic Ride: This commercial for the Kia Optima, which debuted during the 2011 Super Bowl, features an awesome cameo appearance by Poseidon. Watch it here. USA, 2011, 1 minute.
Pom: Aphrodite: Pom pomegranate juice has a series of short commercials linking their product to ancient myth; here we see Aphrodite introducing the sacred fruit to Cyprus (an authetic Greek myth). Watch it here. USA, 2010, 30 seconds.
Pom: Persian Warrior: Pom pomegranate juice has a series of short commercials linking their product to ancient myth; here we see how the sacred fruit enhanced the martial prowess of Persian warriors...and made them look like Abercrombie & Fitch models. Watch it here. USA, 2010, 30 seconds.
Scion: Zeus: At last the Greek gods are making a pitchmen! Scion decided to make Zeus, “God of Awesome,” the spokesman for their latest cars, with a whole series of commercials and “Behind the Scenes” shorts. Watch one here. USA, 2011, 69 seconds.
Rinse the Blood Off My Toga: Vintage comedy skit by the Canadian duo Wayne & Shuster. Brutus on Caesar: “He was stabbed, yeah. They got him right in the rotunda!” Watch it here. 8 minutes.
Trailerifor a Remakeiof Gore Vidal’s “Caligula: Read more about conceptual artist FrancescoiVezzoli and his star-studded mock-trailer at The NY Times. Watch it here. Italy, 2005, 6 minutes.
Un, Dos, Tres...Cleopatra: Composite musical number spans three decades from the Spanish TV show “Un, dos, tres...responda otra vez,” with not one but three sexy Queens of the Nile. Watch it here. Spain, 1984, 1993, 2004, 3 minutes.
United 300: Pseudo-Spartan tomfoolery. MTV Movie Award for Best Movie Spoof. Watch it here. USA, 2007, 5 minutes.
Versace Eros: Does Versace capture the smell of the love god? Watch it here. 2013, 30 seconds.
The World According to Smith & Jones S1E2: The Romans: The British comedy duo poke fun at the ancient world via an amazing collection of movie clips. Watch it here. UK, 1987, 24 minutes.


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