write a response to the following questions in 750 words or fewer in total

1. What does Rome represent for the American film audience in the middle of the 20th century? Discuss at least two of the following films in your answer to this question: Quo Vadis, Ben Hur, Spartacus, Cleopatra.

2. One question that comes up surrounding the reception of the ancient world in cinema is the fidelity of modern films to the ancient sources for the events and characters depicted. In what contexts do you think screenplay writers and directors should strive for such fidelity (historical accuracy) and in what context do you think they should not? Discuss this issue with respect to any three films we have seen this semester.

3. Is there a single genre to which all of the films we have seen this semester belongs? If so, how would you define the genre? If you think the films belong to more than one genre, list and define all and say to which genre each film belongs. Which films (if any) push the genre/these genres to the limits?

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