Which Quo Vadis film are you making a reference too? I had to read the book by Henryk Sienkiewicz in middle school, and as far as I remember there were lots of historical references. We also watched the 2001 Polish movie, and I don't remember being kinky or gay. And all the girls had a crush on the actor who played Vinicius^^
It's the early-fifities epic Hollywood version I was thinking of. Nero and his courtiers, in that one (as in real life?), seem to epitomize "bread and circuses" to keep the common people happy and avoid the forming of any solid opposition, while the moral superiority of the Christians in QV, and their willingness to face the risk of humiliation and death, is matched by Maximus in Gladiator
. The military worthlessness of the two emperors, and the endings where they are exposed ("Now we are free") are similar too. I've read Sienkewicz's novel as well, it's quite good. very exciting and romantic.
Funniest recent historical misperception: I just read the Wikipedia article on Deep Throat
(the Watergate source, not the blue movie...) and find that before Mark Felt of the FBI stepped up, both Kissinger, George Bush senior and - Richard Nixon himself
had been suggested.
So Nixon met Bernstein and Woodward in the garage? No, not quite, but the idea would have been that he deliberately engineered a runing stream of leaks to them in an attempt to stage-manage a scandal and show how badly he was persecuted by the media.
(Incidentally, Carl Bernstein's wife correctly decided some time after 1974 that DT had to be Mr.Felt, though her husband had refused to tell her or anyone around the family who the source was and Felt wasn't a person who had any presence in their private lives. Smart girl.)