Top 8 lies told by cinema about Antiquity

Like about 90% of people on this planet (a figure totally taken from our derche) we love movies. But what’s boring is that the lies of the cinema almost always end up polluting our favorite films, and it’s even more true when we talk about historical films. Look, because of them, we believe a lot of fake stuff about antiquity.

1. Gladiators are all men

In peplums, you never see female gladiators, and yet there were some in Ancient Rome. Many took a dim view of it at the time, but fights between two women did exist. It’s even surprising that Hollywood hasn’t taken advantage of this to make films with naked women who compete in the arena. Hollywood likes to film women who are usually naked.

Top 8 lies told by cinema about antiquity

2. Persian women were dressed lightly

In the few films where the Persian Empire is represented (genre Prince of Persia Where The Scorpion King), women are often scantily dressed, based on exposed navels or large necklines, when in reality they were required to cover themselves entirely. But Hollywood likes naked women, we just told you, so too bad for realism.

Top 8 lies told by cinema about antiquity

3. Gladiators were slaves

Just see the Gladiator and others Spartacus to feel like all gladiators were just slaves forced to fight, when the reality was a bit more nuanced. There were also many career gladiators who fought to make their fortunes. They hit each other on the face to get big mula, a bit like boxers today.

Top 8 lies told by cinema about antiquity

4. Gladiator fights were fights to the death

WHAT NENNI. Well yes, it obviously happened from time to time, and then there were death sentences, but professional gladiator fights only very rarely ended in sudden death. Why ? Simply because it takes time and it costs a lot of money to train a gladiator, so we’re not going to kill him like that. It’s a bit like killing football players who lose a match, can you imagine the thing? “Sorry Kyllian, you were bad today, would you mind laying your head on this table to be cut off please?” ยป It would be absurd.

Top 8 lies told by cinema about antiquity

5. The Greeks put large gold coins on the eyes of their dead

We know the tradition of putting gold coins on the closed eyes of the dead to pay Charon, the smuggler who brings souls to Hell, but the films go a little too far on this. Already because the Greeks probably did not always have gold coins, like at the time of the Trojan War, and also because the coins were certainly not as big as represented in the cineche.

Top 8 lies told by cinema about antiquity

6. Egyptian rulers were all white

In movies, the Egyptian nobility is very often depicted as a caste of whites who govern a non-white population, but, again, the reality was more nuanced. If it works for Cleopatra, who was of Macedonian origin, we must not forget that Egypt also had pharaohs of Persian or Libyan origin. You almost never see that in the movies.

Top 8 lies told by cinema about antiquity

7. The poor were filthy

How to portray a poor Roman citizen in a Hollywood film? By shoving dirt all over his face, of course. This is to completely forget that in reality the cost of public baths in Rome was ridiculous and allowed anyone to wash as they pleased. People practiced good hygiene, they washed themselves every day and didn’t walk around with their faces covered in dung.

Top 8 lies told by cinema about antiquity

8. Persian Kings Were Considered Gods

Here is 300 who clearly lied to us. Good after, 300 is far from being a film to take as a history lesson so full of bullshit, but still because of him we believed that Xerxes was the equivalent of a god in the eyes of his subjects . But the Persians did not revere the gods at all, and to see their king as such would rather have been blasphemy. Big bullshit, then.

Top 8 lies told by cinema about antiquity

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