History Literature / BenHur

22nd Apr '17 10:22:56 AM mavacca
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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: In the 2016 remake the Romans behave like this.
** Marcus Decimus dresses Messala down for having subjugated a village without razing it to the ground and killing all the inhabitants.
** The Romans desecrate an old Jewish cemetery by stealing the tombstones and using them to build their circus. [[LaserGuidedKarma The zealots are not happy...]]
** When the X Legion enters Jerusalem, it is preceded by soldiers who incite black dogs against the citizens.
** After Judah attacks Massala in the old Ben-Hur's house, Pilate orders a brutal reprisal. Twenty Jews are taken in the road and crucified.
18th Apr '17 3:42:21 AM mavacca
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* DayOfTheJackboot: The 2016 film hints at this trope when Legio X Fretensis marches into Jerusalem, chanting "Legio Aeterna Victrix" [[note]]More or less: "The legion will be forever victorious"[[/note]]. There is even a short scene with a soldier inciting a black dog to attack the stunned citizens.

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* DayOfTheJackboot: The 2016 film hints at this trope when Legio X Fretensis marches into Jerusalem, chanting "Legio Aeterna Victrix" [[note]]More or less: "The legion will be forever victorious"[[/note]]. There is even a short scene with [[ANaziByAnyOtherName a soldier inciting a black dog to attack the stunned citizens.citizens]].
18th Apr '17 3:37:07 AM mavacca
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* DayOfTheJackboot: The 2016 film hints at this trope when Legio X Fretensis marches into Jerusalem, chanting "Legio Aeterna Victrix". There is even a short scene with a soldier inciting a black dog to attack the stunned citizens.

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* DayOfTheJackboot: The 2016 film hints at this trope when Legio X Fretensis marches into Jerusalem, chanting "Legio Aeterna Victrix".Victrix" [[note]]More or less: "The legion will be forever victorious"[[/note]]. There is even a short scene with a soldier inciting a black dog to attack the stunned citizens.
17th Apr '17 11:27:03 AM mavacca
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* DayOfTheJackboot: The 2016 film hints at this trope when Legio X Fretensis marches into Jerusalem, chanting "Legio Aeterna Victrix". There is even a short scene with a soldier inciting a black dog to attack the stunned citizens.
17th Apr '17 10:57:09 AM mavacca
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* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Pilate in the 2016 film after the climatic ChariotRace. Pointing out how the crowd enjoyed the (arguably horrific) spectacle, he notes that they have clearly started to accept and adhere to those Roman values they had despised and rejected as barbaric until very shortly before. Of course, this is before a [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} certain Nazarene]] dies on the cross, blessing his murderers...
-->'''Pilate:''' “Look at them. They all want blood. They're Romans now."
17th Apr '17 8:41:20 AM SpectralTime
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* BettyAndVeronica: In the novel, Judah has two love interests: Esther, who, as in the films, is the quiet gentle Betty, and Iras, Balthazar's mysterious but alluring daughter, who serves as the Veronica. Iras is actually in the lead for most of the book [[spoiler: but she turns out to have been working for Messala all along, deliberately bludgeoning him with the worst part of her nature as she reveals this]].



* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Quintus Arrius is a slave-keeping imperialist just like Messala. But because he's nice to Ben-Hur, he's considered a good guy. Even Pontius Pilate gets off relatively lightly.

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Quintus Arrius is a slave-keeping imperialist just like Messala. But because he's nice to he adopts Ben-Hur, he's considered a good guy. Even Pontius Pilate gets off relatively lightly.


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* RevengeFeelsEmpty: A key point in all versions of the story. Judah revenges himself on Messala, but, finding it does not bring him peace, he decides to revenge himself on all of Rome. Only witnessing the crucifixion of Christ convinces him to instead devote his life to his family and faith.


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* UndyingLoyalty: Simonides, Judah's father's life-long financial minister and willing slave. Even after being brutally tortured and "beaten out of human shape" by the Romans seeking to claim the family's wealth, he gives them nothing, and when Judah returns he is able to give him access to tremendous wealth necessary to finance his revenge.
17th Apr '17 8:08:37 AM mavacca
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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: In the 2016 movie Ben-Hur is openly skeptical about the zealots' actions, even if he does not hand Dismas over to the Romans and hide him in his house (possibly, out of loyalty for his sister who has joined them). He repeatedly points out that it is unlikely that they will ever be able to drive the all powerful Roman legions out of Judeah and that, as a matter of fact, they are only making the Roman rule more oppressive and ruthless. He is [[TheCassandra dramatically proven right]] when the Roman High Command orders an entire legion into the sacred city of Jerusalem as a show of force.

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: In the 2016 movie Ben-Hur is openly skeptical about the zealots' actions, even if he does not hand Dismas over to the Romans and hide him in his house (possibly, [[ThickerThanWater out of loyalty for his sister who has apparently joined them). them]]). He repeatedly points out that it is unlikely that they will ever be able to drive the all powerful Roman legions out of Judeah Judea and that, as a matter of fact, they are only making the Roman rule more oppressive and ruthless. He is [[TheCassandra dramatically proven right]] when the Roman High Command orders an entire legion into the sacred city of Jerusalem as a show of force.
17th Apr '17 8:04:27 AM mavacca
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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: In the 2016 movie Ben-Hur is openly skeptical about the zealots' actions, even if he does not hand Dismas over to the Romans and hide him in his house. He repeatedly points out that it is unlikely that they will ever be able to drive the all powerful Roman legions out of Judeah and that, as a matter of fact, they are only making the Roman rule more oppressive and ruthless. He is [[TheCassandra dramatically proven right]] when the Roman High Command orders an entire legion into the sacred city of Jerusalem as a show of force.

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: In the 2016 movie Ben-Hur is openly skeptical about the zealots' actions, even if he does not hand Dismas over to the Romans and hide him in his house.house (possibly, out of loyalty for his sister who has joined them). He repeatedly points out that it is unlikely that they will ever be able to drive the all powerful Roman legions out of Judeah and that, as a matter of fact, they are only making the Roman rule more oppressive and ruthless. He is [[TheCassandra dramatically proven right]] when the Roman High Command orders an entire legion into the sacred city of Jerusalem as a show of force.
17th Apr '17 7:58:14 AM mavacca
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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: In the 2016 movie Ben-Hur is openly skeptical about the zealots' actions, even if he does not hand Dismas over to the Romans and hide him in his house. He repeatedly points out that it is unlikely that they will ever be able to drive the all powerful Roman legions out of Judeah and that, as a matter of fact, they are only making the Roman rule more oppressive and ruthless.

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: In the 2016 movie Ben-Hur is openly skeptical about the zealots' actions, even if he does not hand Dismas over to the Romans and hide him in his house. He repeatedly points out that it is unlikely that they will ever be able to drive the all powerful Roman legions out of Judeah and that, as a matter of fact, they are only making the Roman rule more oppressive and ruthless. He is [[TheCassandra dramatically proven right]] when the Roman High Command orders an entire legion into the sacred city of Jerusalem as a show of force.
17th Apr '17 7:45:39 AM mavacca
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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: In the 2016 movie Ben-Hur is openly skeptical about the zealots' actions, even if he does not hand Dismas over to the Romans and hide him in his house. He repeatedly points out that it is unlikely that they will ever be able to drive the all powerful Roman legions out of Judeah and that, as a matter of fact, they are only making the Roman rule more oppressive and ruthless.
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