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    Scholarship (True Historical Analysis) And Contemporary Entertainment (Popular Culture): Erroneousness And Embellishment

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    24 pages in length. The predominance of historical revisionism in today's filmmaking illustrates the reason why contemporary society buys into certain inaccuracies as truth. Recognizing the power Hollywood has for skewing reality is the key to understanding the problem behind how societies such as the Greeks and Romans are perceived from a perspective of adulterated depiction. Indeed, such distinctions have been overlooked to the point of being immersed within the very infrastructure of what contemporary society believes to be true based solely upon Hollywood's version of historical facts. Mighty Aphrodite and Gladiator illustrate two of myriad accounts whereby the past is based more upon reading between the lines than they are upon fact. Historical accuracy - the goal of which is "to achieve an effective blend of historical accuracy and compelling drama" (Crowdus 2005, 12) - is a component of popular culture whereby individual perception commands the reins. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

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    as truth. Recognizing the power Hollywood has for skewing reality is the key to understanding the problem behind how societies such as the Greeks and Romans are perceived from  a perspective of adulterated depiction. Indeed, such distinctions have been overlooked to the point of being immersed within the very infrastructure of what contemporary society believes to be true  based solely upon Hollywoods version of historical facts. Mighty Aphrodite and Gladiator illustrate two of myriad accounts whereby the past is based more upon reading between the lines than  they are upon fact (Bondanella 1987). Historical accuracy - the goal of which is "to achieve an effective blend of historical accuracy and compelling drama" (Crowdus 2005, 12) -  is a component of popular culture whereby individual perception commands the reins. Each of the two aforementioned films shares a common denominator of  historical revisionism as a means by which to elucidate the directors viewpoint. The extent to which this element serves to define the very foundation of each story is both  grand and far-reaching when it comes to imparting audiences with a less than realistic interpretation of events surrounding Greek and Roman history; that the directors chose to employ properties of  historical revisionism speaks to the inherent influence the concept of truth versus fiction has upon historiology. II. MIGHTY APHRODITE Hollywood has been  at the forefront of eros love - and therefore sexual arousal - ever since the first motion picture was produced. In fact, the first commercial productions were considered to  be quite racy for their time, establishing a new relationship between women and their public persona. The 1896 performance of Thomas Edisons The Kiss is credited with getting audiences 

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