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10/25 - 10/25
Waupaca Area Public Library

History Or Hollywood: Ben-Hur and Gladiator

Gregory S. Aldrete is Professor Emeritus of History at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the author of 7 books and 6 Teaching Company/Great Courses on ancient history. For more information, see his website:

Gregory’s lecture will examine two of the most famous movies set in ancient Rome, and will analyze the historical accuracy of their plot, sets, costumes, and characters.  Discover how true-to-life Ben-Hur’s (1959) spectacular chariot race and naval battle really are, and find out whether Gladiator’s (2000) depiction of the lives and deaths of Roman gladiators and of the pivotal emperors Marcus Aurelius and Commodus are more fact or fiction.

Please thank Tracy Behrendt and Mark Flora for sponsoring this program

Our free programs are open to everyone on Mondays beginning at 6:30 PM. 

The programs will be HYBRID w/limited in-person seating.
Email us at to make your reservation.

Broadcasts will also be  online, connect with us with one of these ways –
1.  Audio on Waupaca Radio WILW 96.3FM
2. Broadcast live on Win-TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 991
3. YouTube live stream
5. On our Winchester Academy Facebook page via Facebook Live

Questions for the speaker can be asked via Facebook Live or
by calling this number 715-942-9917 during the presentation
and will be answered at the end of the presentation.

If cancellation is required, an announcement will be made on
Lakes 92.7FM, WILW 96.3FM and Facebook.

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