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A writer’s guide to the Romans
Carey Fleiner

Romans – everything from Catholic Mass to lessons at school to Monty Python’s Life of Brian and the ‘Romans go home’ scene – but the Romans weren’t Latin originally; linguistically and culturally, they were Etruscan. The Romans began to identify with the Latin tribes only when they broke away from Etruscan rule – fighting with, conquering, and then allying with the Latin League in the fifth century BCE , a conglomeration of local tribes and city-states unified in protection originally against the Romans. As the Romans encountered each

in A writer’s guide to Ancient Rome
Laww, order, and administration
Carey Fleiner

, the real peace-keepers were the army. As the character Loretta says in Monty Python’s The Life of Brian , ‘They’re the only ones who could maintain order in a place like this, Reg’ (cf. Larsen, 2018 : 205–222). The Roman army was famous within and without the Empire for its discipline and training (e.g., Joseph., BJ 3.5.71–107; Veg., 1.1.9, 10, 19, 27; 2.23 and 25). The army was a critical aspect of Roman life from early doors, and the army would always be the biggest financial burden on the Empire. Coinage was designed and taxes

in A writer’s guide to Ancient Rome
Sian Barber

major studio backing. Other films have far fewer options. In Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) the Python team had very little to spend on the film and instead of trying to hide their lack of budget drew attention to it using coconuts to represent clip-clopping horses and filming on location to reduce studio costs. Barber.indd 37 3/2/2015 4:14:31 PM 38 using film as a source Lighting Lighting a film is a technical skill which can help to set mood and tone, present characters in a particular way and determine the focus of a scene. You should consider whether

in Using film as a source
Rachelle Hope Saltzman

numbers, but the number of women remained the same. One day he came in to the hall – looked round and saw no men there. So he announced ‘since no one is here, I will not give my lecture today’. Whether this is true or not, I don’t know, but the story went round as a good joke. (Massey, Letter, 1986; see also Aunt Ambrosia, 1926b: 13) Gender switching for public performances, which was and is part and parcel of mummers’ plays, Carnival, and Mardi Gras performances, formed the basis for much of the type of humour found in Beyond the Fringe or Monty Python’s Flying Circus

in A lark for the sake of their country
The satire boom and the demise of Britain’s world role
Stuart Ward

television series such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Goodies, Ripping Yarns and the Blackadder series. But even more significantly, the satire boom played an important role in shaping popular attitudes towards an imperial nation in decline. The idea that the British race was ordained to spread British culture and civilisation around the globe had been one of the core ideological precepts

in British culture and the end of empire
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Or, How do you know s/he’s a Roman?
Carey Fleiner

the army): effectively the list of benefits grudgingly compiled by the People’s Front of Judaea in the famous ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ scene in the film Monty Python’s Life of Brian . Romanisation wasn’t always welcome, and there was resistance in places (usually met violently) but ambitious local leaders soon saw advantages – and, since most people just wanted to get on with their lives, they adapted. Roman culture was spread by conquest and settlement: those who resisted or did not keep up with their obligations might find their city

in A writer’s guide to Ancient Rome