Hollywood seems to have a new love affair with Rome, gladiators and soldiers in particular, with the release of The Eagle at theaters and shows such as Spartacus: Gods of the Arena on television. Cary Darling of McClatchy Newspapers has the story.
"There's a certain mystique and mystery in that age," said Eagle star Channing Tatum during a recent Dallas visit. "I don't know if we can conceive of how people (lived like) that. Even though the Romans were very sophisticated, there's only so much fire can do at a certain point. ... Because there wasn't the Internet or cars, you couldn't get away. People really valued how people close to them saw them. All you had was your word and your honor."