Name, the class and the paper’s title are top left, double-spaced. John Doe Hist. 117 Doe 1 The entire paper has 1” margins and is double-spaced. There is NO extra space between paragraphs and the paragraphs have a tab-indent. The Hisotrical Gladiator The Historical Gladiator Gladiator is an account of the Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius, and his journey from the blood-laden battlefield to the iron shackles of the arena. Set during the 2nd century A.D. the film shows many aspects of Roman culture at the time. Although the story in this 2000 film is fictional, some characters and other aspects are based on real events. One possible inspiration for the character Maximus was gladiator by the name of Spartacus. He is described as “a Thracian by birth who may even have once served as an auxiliary in the Roman army before being sold into slavery” (Czech). Spartacus, in a similar fashion to the film’s Maximus, was a former Roman soldier who was forced to fight in the arena as a gladiator. After capturing the favor of the crowd, he later led a revolt against the commanding Romans (“Gladiators”). The different outcomes of the two tales cannot hide the heroic nature of both Spartacus and Maximus. Marcus Aurelius left behind Meditations, a book that accounts for his character as a man, written during his campaigns of war. The proof can easily be seen in quotes such as: Most of the things which ordinary people admire have to do with objects of the most general kind, those which are held together by cohesion or natural organization ... But he who values a rational soul, a universal soul Doe 2 which is fitted for political life, values nothing else except this; and above all things he keeps his soul in a condition and in activities suitable to reason and social life (Aurelius 59). Although the real Commodus was not slain in the arena, after a foiled plot by Lucilla, there was a similar betrayal from his sister. He “executed her after the discovery of a plot to assassinate him” (“Historical Accuracy of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator”). In 192 AD another attempt was made on the emperor’s life. The plot to poison him failed, but on the same night he was murdered by “an athlete called Narcissus” (Cavazzi). Considering all the various factors, this movie accomplished the goal of expressing what it needed, in order to capture the feel of Roman culture. The major and lesser flaws or inaccuracies can be ignored without losing that overall experience. Ignore the specifics of the content but note the format of the parenthetical citations. They differ according to what kind of source they are. The paper is Arial, 12 pt. 11 pt is acceptable. See directions for which fonts are acceptable. Also – note the last name and page number in the top left of each page. That is done with the “insert page number” command. If you can’t get your name in there, at least get the page number. Doe 3 Works Cited title is plain and centered. Works Cited Aurelius, Marcus. Meditations. South Carolina: Forgotten Books, 2010. Print. Cavazzi, Franco. "Lucius Aurelius Commodus." The Roman Empire. n.p. n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2010. <http://www.roman-empire.net/highpoint/commodus.html>. Czech, Kenneth P. "Ancient History: Spartacus and the Slave Rebellion." HistoryNet.com. Weider History Group, n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2010. <http://www.historynet.com/ancient-history-spartacus-and-the-slave-rebellion.htm>. "Gladiators." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladiator>. "Historical Accuracy of Ridley Scott's Gladiator Film." HubPages. YieldBuild, n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2010. <http://hubpages.com/hub/Historical-Accuracy-of-Ridley-Scotts-Gladiator-Film>. Entries are formatted and alphabetized correctly.