Roel Konijnendijk, who has a doctorate in ancient history and is a lecturer at the University of Oxford’s New College, rates 10 ancient-warfare scenes in movies and shows for realism. Konijnendijk rates the realism of tactics portrayed in films such as “300″ (2006), “Alexander” (2004), and “Braveheart” (1995).
He breaks down the martial arts prowess of stars such as Brad Pitt in “Troy” (2004), Orlando Bloom in “Kingdom of Heaven” (2005), and Russell Crowe in “Gladiator” (2000). He also looks at some fantastical scenes such as the battle of Helm’s Deep from “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2002) and the battle of Winterfell from “Game of Thrones.”
Konijnendijk analyzes the historical accuracy of scenes from “The Last Kingdom” (2015) and “Red Cliff” (2008), and he rates the realism of the military formations, tactics, movements, and weaponry of each scene.