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What Have the Romans Done for Us? - Life of Brian and Jesus of Nazareth

By Goodacre
One of the legendary scenes in Life of Brian features Judean rebels, led by Reg (John Cleese), asking, "What have the Romans done for us?"  I have been re-watching Jesus of Nazareth (dir. Franco Zeffirelli, 1977) this week and I have been struck by several Brian - Jesus of Nazareth parallels. One of these occurs at about thirty minutes into the film.
The location is Nazareth in about 4 BCE, and the Galileans Jews are discussing oppression by Rome before they are interrupted by Joseph.
"What do the Romans give us?" they ask.  Here's the clip:

And in case you need a reminder, here's the famous clip from Life of Brian:

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