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Subject: Ancient Warfare

These wars may be half or more legend, from the days of sticks and stones up through the Bronze and Iron Ages, until about the 3rd century CE.

300

  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Production Country: United States

King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors sacrifice themselves in battle against thousands of Persians at Thermopylae in 480 BCE; however, their efforts prove worthwhile, ensuring the escape of the majority of the Greek army and Greece's eventual success against the Persian Invasion.

Annibale (Hannibal)

  • Director: Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, Edgar G. Ulmer
  • Release Date: 1959
  • Production Country: Italy

Despite his military prowess, Hannibal, acclaimed as one of the greatest military geniuses in history, could not save his home city of Carthage from the Roman Empire.

Attila, il flagello di Dio (Attila)

  • Director: Pietro Francisci
  • Release Date: 1954
  • Production Country: Italy, France

Fearing an invasion by Attila and his Huns, Emperor Valentinian sends his best general to negotiate a peaceful settlement. But his efforts are undermined by the Emperor's sister, Honoria, who thinks sharing a throne with the fierce and ruthless Attila would be far more interesting than living in the weak, civilized empire that Rome has become.

Boudica (Warrior Queen)

  • Director: Bill Anderson
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, Romania

After her husband, the king, dies, Queen Boudica of the matrilineal Iceni refuses to hand her kingdom over to the Romans who are insisting that, since she has no sons, there are no heirs to the throne—and they're calling in all their loans. Horse-whipped for her insolence and her daughters raped, Queen Boudica embarks upon a bloodthirsty rampage of revenge that almost-but-not-quite changes the face of human history.

Brenno il nemico di Roma (Brennus, Enemy of Rome)

  • Director: Giacomo Gentilomo
  • Release Date: 1963
  • Production Country: Italy

Thanks to the treachery of a Roman citizen, Brennus the Barbarian and his Gauls are victorious in battle against the Romans, sacking and despoiling the famous city; but Rome has one weapon yet in its arsenal: the courageous young Quintus Fabius.

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