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A7 Swords and Sandals: The Presentation of Greek and Roman History in Film

This course will explore four films that present episodes in Greek and Roman History. We will view the following films: Helen of Troy (1955), Troy (2004), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), and Cleopatra (1963): two sessions-part I Caesar, part II Antony. We will view a film in each session and have time for discussion. Due to the length of some films, three sessions will be somewhat longer; no session will be longer than 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Instructor: Michael L. Allain holds a PhD in Classics from The Ohio State University. He retired from Spotswood High School as a Latin teacher in 2006 and has taught Ancient Greek, Latin, History, and Literature at JMU since the mid 1980s. Although retired, he continues to teach a Humanities Course on Ancient Greece and Rome in the Department of History at JMU.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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