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The paper concentrates on two feature films based upon Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel about ancient Rome – Quo Vadis? (dir. Enrico Guazzoni ) and Quo Vadis? (dir. Gabriellino D'Annunzio, Georg Jacoby ). Both films belong to the peplum genre, popular during the era of silent cinema. The paper reconstructs production circumstances of both films as well as their historical reception. It is argued that both films can be seen through the prism of socio-political contexts, including thedoi:10.26881/pan.2017.18.15 fatcat:iwtegqir7nc6ha54zajpcdfdda