ROME, SPARTA, AND THOSE QUARRELSOME GODS! Directed by Anthony Mann. With Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason. Action-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome. Here is the story of personal lust for power, and the shattering effects of that power's loss. Here is the tale of the plight of a people living on the brink of a political abyss.