|Which is the better film?|
|The Ten Commandments||The Fall of the Roman Empire|
Each is a swords-and-sandals epic centering around a protagonist (Moses/Livius) who begins as a revered general coming off of success in battling one of the longstanding enemies (The Ethiopians/The Germanians) of the kingdom he serves. (Egypt/Rome) His kingdom's ruler (Pharaoh Sethi/Emperor Marcus Aurelius) serves as a father-figure to him, and the hero starts out in love with a princess of the nation. (Nefretiri/Lucilla) He also has a surrogate brother in the form of the ruler's son (Rameses/Commodus) with whom tensions rise when it is learned he is considering passing power on to the general rather than him. When unforeseen circumstances strike, the prince's ascent is secured and the hero is eventually faced with some form of banishment by him. The hero throughout the story also finds himself tasked with helping groups oppressed by the kingdom (The Hebrew Slaves/The Roman Vassals) by a sagely being. (God/Marcus Aurelius) Whilst the hero in the end does manage to succeed in outdoing the ruler, his people at a key point towards the end falter to weakness and greed. And in the end both of the leads again find themselves out in some form of exile.