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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Greek, not Roman. The Romans — Rome was then in its infancy as a world power — are briefly mentioned in 2 Macc (IIRC) as allies of the Jews.


17 posted on 09/09/2011 8:21:18 AM PDT by Campion ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies when they become fashions." -- GKC)
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To: Campion

Judaea was then part of the Seleucid Empire which had a Greek-speaking elite, not necessarily of Greek ancestry; the Seleucids were of Macedonian origin, descended from one of Alexander’s generals.


20 posted on 09/09/2011 8:25:06 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Campion

I thought of that after I posted but then I figured, this is an Eszterhas movie. The audience knows about Romans, not Selucids. It will be Romans.


23 posted on 09/09/2011 8:40:07 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Campion; Opinionated Blowhard; Lee N. Field

Hellenistic. Post-Alexandrine phalanx with some Persian stylings.

It’s a great story - we read the books every couple of years - but I just can’t take a Gibson Gore-fest. I’d rather Cecil B. DeMille had done it.


24 posted on 09/09/2011 9:05:26 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I welcome our new reptilian overlords. They are so quiet!)
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