Ben-HurHistorical Film AnalysisAssignment:Considering the heavily religious tone in William Wyler’s Ben-Hur, do you feel the film conveys anaccurate portrayal of the games and the circus in Roman sport? Does the film accurately portray theculture of Roman sport and spectacle? Why or why not? In your analysis, I encourage you to focus yourdiscussion on one major theme or topic.
For example, you may wish to focus your topic on the portrayaland treatment of women, slaves, Christians, Roman elites, or the general Roman populace (the “mob” asthey were often identified). In the end, why does Wyler construct the film in this way? What is theintended outcome, or how does he want his viewer feel about the Romans and their production ofsport/spectacle? Be sure to reference and cite your readings and lectures to support your claims. Giveparticular attention to Fik Meijer’s Chariot Racing in the Roman Empire in your essay.
Formatting Requirements:4-5 full pagesDouble-spaced12 pt font1-inch margins all the way around the documentPaper title and student name at the top of page 1Do not use unnecessary, excessive spacing at the top of page 1.Times or Times New Roman fontWorks cited page for any resources used beyond the required course textsDo not use online resources.Be sure your essay is composed of your own words. Do not plagiarize.Advice on Composition and Content:Generalities are not good.
They don’t actually provide any compelling analysis or argument that wouldindicate a deep reading and understanding of the text and culture. Specifics are excellent. They provideunique, bold, and compelling platforms on which to construct your essay.If you choose good examples, you will not need many for this short paper. You are not writing acomprehensive analysis, but rather giving specific insight to an important technique for representinghistory in film.
This is not a research paper, and you are not required to use anything but the texts youhave purchased for this course. If you choose to draw from outside sources, be sure to provide a workscited page at the end of your essay. This page will not be counted as part of the 4-5 page requirement. Donot use online resources, as most of them are highly unreliable.For references on how to construct inline citations and works cited pages, consult the following writingstyle guides:1. APA (American Psychological Association)2. Chicago Manual of Style3. MLA (Modern Language Association)