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Emma Summers, University of Wyoming

Department

Modern and Classical Languages

First Advisor

Laura DeLozier

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This research looks at the film Colosseum: A Gladiator’s Story directed by Timan Remme and its portrayal of gladiatorial training. Discussing the reality of gladiatorial training in ancient Rome it observes how modern ideas of training soldiers affects our perception of combat in filmmaking. Specifically, the goal is to understand how the US Marine Corps training influences an American audience when viewing a film based on courage within combat. The focus of this research will be on the how the value cultures place on courage affects their reception of how competitors respond within combat. By highlighting the similarities and differences between gladiatorial and military training we will see how the idea of bravery has evolved through time and how contemporary ideas shape our perception of ancient practices.

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Gladiatorial Combat Portrayed in the Modern Era

This research looks at the film Colosseum: A Gladiator’s Story directed by Timan Remme and its portrayal of gladiatorial training. Discussing the reality of gladiatorial training in ancient Rome it observes how modern ideas of training soldiers affects our perception of combat in filmmaking. Specifically, the goal is to understand how the US Marine Corps training influences an American audience when viewing a film based on courage within combat. The focus of this research will be on the how the value cultures place on courage affects their reception of how competitors respond within combat. By highlighting the similarities and differences between gladiatorial and military training we will see how the idea of bravery has evolved through time and how contemporary ideas shape our perception of ancient practices.