The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Jefferson Movie Night: Spartacus

Wed, March 3, 2010 | Batts 5.108

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Spartacus was the leader of the largest slave revolt in ancient history. Celebrated by ancient and modern writers, Spartacus has become a folk hero and inspiration for many different, often even opposing, political movements. On Thursday, March 4, Professor Barry Strauss will discuss the figure of Spartacus and what he has meant to these different movements.

In preparation for this lecture, on Wednesday, March 3, the Thomas Jefferson Center will be hosting a screening and discussion of Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960). The film explores important themes such as the contrast of liberty and license (in the image of the rebelling slaves and the decadent Romans), and it also offers a character study of different political types, such as the democratic Gracchus, the militaristic Crassus, and the freedom-seeking Spartacus.

Please join us for the screening at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 3, in BATTS 5.108. Snacks and refreshments will be served, and RSVPs would be appreciated. Please email Carly Chrisco at:

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