For all you Russell Crowe fans out there (the club has lots of members in Australia, and some in New Zealand), today we have the slice of history on which the film for which Russ won his Oscar, Gladiator, was based. Along with a half-price ‘Ebook of the Week’ offer, given that we already published a story featuring the two emperors concerned.
First things first, though. Episode 22 of our FREE 30-part series of articles with audio is here:
Take some time out of your day, today, to bone up on Marco Aurelio (philosopher, philanthropist and general all-round good guy – at least as far as Roman emperors went – played by Irishman Richard Harris in Gladiator, who later was Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore in the Harry Potter juggernaut) and his rather less academic offspring, Commodo (Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for, but didn’t receive, Best Supporting Actor for his hammy portrayal of Russell Crowe’s on-screen nemesis), while improving your Italian reading and listening comprehension!
N.b. If you never started this series of articles (the level is upper-intermediate to advanced, so you would be excused for not having given them a try), or started but have fallen behind because you’re no longer locked-down, links to the earlier articles can be found on the club’s History page.
E poi, free article read and listened to, why not head over to our online shop and grab yourself the half-price ‘Ebook of the Week’, L’imperatore e i giochi? It’s absolutely not the same story told by the Hollywood movie, but does feature Marco Aurelio and a younger and much less obnoxious Commodo, the historical figures in today’s free article.
The level is lower, sort of mid-way between B1 and B2, we think. But you can decide for yourself, as there’s a FREE sample chapter (.pdf) to look at, which also contains a link to the audio for the entire story – assuming you’re willing and able to listen without the support of the text, click the audio link at the top of Chapter 1 in the FREE sample chapter (.pdf) and you get the whole tale for nothing!
Here are those links again:
- Episodio 22, Il filosofo e il suo figlio gladiatore (169 d.C.- 192 d.C.)
- La storia di Roma
- ‘Ebook of the Week’ L’imperatore e i giochi, just £3.99!
- FREE sample chapter (.pdf)
Or if you’d prefer to just browse our websites until you come across something cool:
A mercoledì, allora!