“The Historicity Of Hollywood” Part I with Dr Richard Carrier Episode#63

So for this episode, Dr. Richard Carrier asked us to watch a list of Roman period films produced in Hollywood. This was also to go along with his current book “Science Education in The Early Roman Empire.” So John and I had to watch 20 films to prep for this podcast. Some of these films were so fecking awful, no amount of money could be offered to re-watch some of these films again, some were clearly cinematic gems that somehow fell through the cracks of the mainstream. None the less, it was lots of prep for what became a very fun experience.


A fun part of this experience, was some of the events that happened with Dr. Carrier and I had in Pittsburgh the night before. I took part in one of Dr. Carrier’s pub meet ups. Sadly the first place we were hanging at, didn’t seem too keen on atheists hanging out by the bar, as we drew a small crowd. So, we gathered the good Dr.’s followers to join us at a bar, The Beerhive, across the street. There we were not only greeted by more fans of Dr. Carrier’s work, but also by a Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt! I was able to help some of the lovely bridesmaids with gaining a whopping 25 points in this game by have a bald head and being an ex-cop. We enjoyed great conversations with fellow atheist and had some wonderful IPA’s and tasty whiskeys into the night!


So is the list of films you will hear about it this episode:


Pompeii (2014)

The Eagle (2011)

Coriolanus (2011)

Centurion (2010)

Agora (2009)

The Last Legion (2007)

King Arthur (2004)

Gladiator (2000)

Caligula (1979)

Life of Brian (1979)

Cleopatra (1973)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Carry on Cleo (1964)

Spartacus (1960)

Beh-Hur (1959)

The Silver Chalice (1954)

Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Quo Vadis (1951)

The Robe (1953)




Information and links for Dr. Richard Carrier:

Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American free thought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, he specializes in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire. He is also a published expert in the modern philosophy of naturalism as a worldview. He is the author of On the Historicity of Jesus, Proving History, Sense and Goodness without God, Science Education in the Early Roman Empire, Not the Impossible Faith, Why I Am Not a Christian, and Hitler Homer Bible Christ, and a contributor to The Empty Tomb, The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, and Christianity Is Not Great, as well as copious work in history and philosophy, online and in print. He is currently working on several projects, but also teaching affordable online courses in secular philosophy, history, and methodology at The Secular Academy, and blogging and speaking about history, philosophy, feminism, and other moral causes, as well as his past in the military and his current life in polyamory. To learn more about Dr. Carrier and his work follow the links below.





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