[Beliefnet, May 13, 2004]
What's the difference between "Troy" and a sword-and-sandal epic of forty-plus years ago? Stumped me, too. Superficially, there's a lot in common: swords, sandals, sand, buxom ladies, pompous declamation ("Your glory walks hand in hand with your doom"), and faux-hearty earthiness ("May the gods keep the wolves in the hills and the women in our beds!," an invocation you hope you don't accidentally get backwards.) In terms of the grand feeling "Troy" hopes to evoke, it could be "Ben Hur" or "Spartacus."