Historical is a genre that features a story set in a past time and place. Sometimes historical dramas are based on real life, as a way of exploring what happened and why, but sometimes they are completely fictitious, an imagining of what could have taken place in that certain time and place. Historical drama allows us to explore the lives of people we don’t know anything about or of re-represent people's stories. It can give us a greater insight to what came before us, and why we are the way we are. We like to watch historical fiction so we can see the houses people used to live in, and the clothes they used to wear.

Why do we study history?

We study history because it allows us to learn about the past, understand the present, and predict the future. We study history to learn why the world is the way it is today. People tend to say that ‘history repeats itself’, but by studying history and seeing how it affected society we can learn from the failures to avoid repeating them in the future.

What is a period drama?

A period drama also known as a period film, costume drama, or heritage film is a production set in an earlier time period. Historical period dramas may include other genres like historical fiction, romances, and adventure. The time in which a period drama is set in can be as general as the 18th century, Middle Ages, or Roaring Twenties. A period drama can include references to specific events, but is generally focused on fictitious story.

What is historical fiction?

A historical fiction is a genre in which the plot takes place in the past. Historical fictions are also referred to as historical novels. The main elements of historical fictions are that they are set in the past and pay attention to the social manners, social conditions, and other details of the period it is set in. Historical fiction is often criticized for lack of authenticity because of the expectation for accurate period details.

Historical Guides
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6’4” | 1.93 m
February 12, 1809
Abraham Lincoln
193.000
1809.00
459000
3D
Abraham Lincoln
Al Capone
179000
5’10” | 1.78 m
Al Capone
178.000
179000
3D
Al Capone
5’8” | 1.73 m
March 14, 1879
Albert Einstein
173.000
1879.00
281000
3D
Albert Einstein
5’8” | 1.73 m
March 3, 1847
Alexander Graham Bell
173.000
1847.00
67000
3D
Alexander Graham Bell
5’8” | 1.73 m
Amelia Earhart
173.000
188000
3D
Amelia Earhart
5′6″ | 1.68 m
August 24, 1972
Ava DuVernay
168.000
1972.00
99000
3D
Ava DuVernay
5’9” | 1.75 m
January 17, 1706
Benjamin Franklin
175.000
1706.00
171000
3D
Benjamin Franklin
5’5” | 1.65 m
July 12, 1895
Buckminster Fuller
165.000
1895.00
20000
3D
Buckminster Fuller
6’0” | 1.83 m (Estimated)
February 12, 1809
Charles Darwin
183.000
1809.00
104000
3D
Charles Darwin
6’1” | 1.85 m
February 1, 1901
Clark Gable
185.000
1901.00
117000
3D
Clark Gable
5’5” | 1.65 m
August 19, 1883
Coco Chanel
165.000
1883.00
79000
3D
Coco Chanel
6′0″ | 1.83 m
August 28, 1962
David Fincher
183.000
1962.00
85000
3D
David Fincher
5’7" | 1.70 m (Portrayed)
August 9, 1878
Eileen Gray
170.000
1878.00
2000
3D
Eileen Gray
5’2” | 1.57 m
February 27, 1932
Elizabeth Taylor
157.000
1932.00
210000
3D
Elizabeth Taylor
6′0″ | 1.83 m
April 7, 1939
Francis Ford Coppola
183.000
1939.00
72000
3D
Francis Ford Coppola
5’7” | 1.70 m
June 8, 1867
Frank Lloyd Wright
170.000
1867.00
96000
3D
Frank Lloyd Wright
6’2” | 1.88 m
February 22, 1732
George Washington
188.000
1732.00
434000
3D
George Washington
5’10” | 1.78 m
July 30, 1863
Henry Ford
178.000
1863.00
119000
3D
Henry Ford
5’6” | 1.68 m
January 4, 1643
Isaac Newton
168.000
1643.00
129000
3D
Isaac Newton
5’8” | 1.73 m
February 8, 1931
James Dean
173.000
1931.00
215000
3D
James Dean
5’9” | 1.75 m
May 4, 1916
Jane Jacobs
175.000
1916.00
9900
3D
Jane Jacobs
6’0” | 1.83 m
May 29, 1917
John F. Kennedy
183.000
1917.00
436000
3D
John F. Kennedy
6’2” | 1.88 m
300 (2007)
King Leonidas
188.000
2007.00
13000
3D
King Leonidas
5’8” | 1.73 m
October 6, 1887
Le Corbusier
173.000
1887.00
20000
3D
Le Corbusier
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
April 15, 1452
Leonardo da Vinci
173.000
1452.00
232000
3D
Leonardo da Vinci
5’4” | 1.63 m (Estimated)
December 5, 1914
Lina Bo Bardi
163.000
1914.00
2900
3D
Lina Bo Bardi
6’4” | 1.93 m
May 19, 1925
Malcolm X
193.000
1925.00
52000
3D
Malcolm X
5’7” | 1.70 m
January 15, 1929
Martin Luther King Jr.
170.000
1929.00
96000
3D
Martin Luther King Jr.
5′4″ | 1.63 m
November 17, 1942
Martin Scorsese
163.000
1942.00
218000
3D
Martin Scorsese
6’0” | 1.83 m
Gladiator (2000)
Maximus Decimus Meridius
183.000
2000.00
8900
3D
Maximus Decimus Meridius
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
March 27, 1886
Mies van der Rohe
173.000
1886.00
12000
3D
Mies van der Rohe
6’2” | 1.88 m
July 10, 1856
Nikola Tesla
188.000
1856.00
219000
3D
Nikola Tesla
5'7" | 1.70 m
Tales of Suspense #75 (March 1966)
Peggy Carter
170.000
1966.00
49000
3D
Peggy Carter
5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
July 8, 1906
Philip Johnson
178.000
1906.00
7000
3D
Philip Johnson
5’10” | 1.78 m
July 1, 1961
Princess Diana
178.000
1961.00
458000
3D
Princess Diana
5′9″ | 1.75 m
March 1, 1954
Ron Howard
175.000
1954.00
210000
3D
Ron Howard
6’1” | 1.85 m
February 6, 1911
Ronald Reagan
185.000
1911.00
351000
3D
Ronald Reagan
5’3” | 1.60 m
February 4, 1913
Rosa Parks
160.000
1913.00
184000
3D
Rosa Parks
Spike Lee
210000
5′6″ | 1.68 m
March 20, 1957
Spike Lee
168.000
1957.00
210000
3D
Spike Lee
5′7″ | 1.70 m
July 26, 1928
Stanley Kubrick
170.000
1928.00
144000
3D
Stanley Kubrick
5′8″ | 1.73 m
December 18, 1946
Steven Spielberg
173.000
1946.00
223000
3D
Steven Spielberg
5’10” | 1.78 m
February 11, 1847
Thomas Edison
178.000
1847.00
153000
3D
Thomas Edison
6’2” | 1.88 m
April 13, 1743
Thomas Jefferson
188.000
1743.00
305000
3D
Thomas Jefferson
5’10” | 1.78 m
December 5, 1901
Walt Disney
178.000
1901.00
189000
3D
Walt Disney
5’10” | 1.78 m
Braveheart (1995)
William Wallace
178.000
1995.00
85000
3D
William Wallace
King Leonidas
Size comparison drawings of King Leonidas comparing the heights of other related characters from action films

King Leonidas, also known as The King of Sparta and a possible descendant of Hercules, is a character with great strength and power. While he is a violent and brutal man, he also has a kind side to him where he cares deeply for his family and the men of his army. If you’ve seen the movie, 300, then you may remember the famous quote, “This is Sparta!”. In case you haven’t seen the movie, there is a good chance you’ve seen the meme that went viral because of this quote. Into violence, fighting, and unrealistic body types? Check out the movie 300!

King Leonidas is portrayed by Gerard Butler with a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of King Leonidas with height measurements
King Leonidas, also known as The King of Sparta and a possible descendant of Hercules, is a character with great strength and power. While he is a violent and brutal man, he also has a kind side to him where he cares deeply for his family and the men of his army.

King Leonidas is portrayed by Gerard Butler with a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of King Leonidas with height measurements
King Leonidas
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Actor
Gerard Butler
First Appearance
300 (2007)

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King Leonidas elevations (assorted)

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Abraham Lincoln
Height illustration of Abraham Lincoln standing in various postures

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. Largely self-educated, he studied to become a lawyer and then rose through the ranks of local and state politics, becoming President in 1860. He led the Northern States through the American Civil War, a time of moral, political and constitutional criss wherein thousands of people died. The North defeated the South, keeping the Union intact, and instigated the abolishment of slavery. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865, a Confederate spy, while attending a play at the Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C.

Abraham Lincoln had a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. Largely self-educated, he studied to become a lawyer and then rose through the ranks of local and state politics, becoming President in 1860. He led the Northern States through the American Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln had a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Abraham Lincoln
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Position: 16th U.S. President
Term: 1861–1865
Political Party: Republican
Death: April 15, 1865 (56)

Given Name
Birthday
February 12, 1809

Drawings include:
Abraham Lincoln standing (formal), standing, presenting

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Steven Spielberg
Size comparison drawings of Steven Spielberg comparing the heights of other related directors

Steven Spielberg, one of the most influential and richest people in Hollywood, is best known for films, such as, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, and E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial. Steven Spielberg was born in Ohio and went to California State University Long Beach before pursuing his career in directing and producing. Steven Spielberg’s film frequently feature ordinary people making extraordinary discoveries. After his release of Jaws during the summer of 1975, Spielberg is credited with beginning the “summer blockbuster” tradition after it grossed over 400 million and won three Oscars. While known for live action films, such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spielberg also had successes in animation with Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Steven Spielberg has a height of 5′8″ (1.73 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Steven Spielberg with height measurements
Steven Spielberg, one of the most influential and richest people in Hollywood, is best known for films, such as, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, and E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial. Steven Spielberg was born in Ohio and went to California State University Long Beach before pursuing his career in directing.

Steven Spielberg has a height of 5′8″ (1.73 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Steven Spielberg with height measurements
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1959–Present

Given Name
Steven Allan Spielberg
Birthday
December 18, 1946

Drawings include:
Steven Spielberg elevations (assorted)

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Thomas Jefferson
Dimensioned drawings of Thomas Jefferson in a range of standing postures labeled with overall height

Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father who served as the third President of the United States of America. He was born in Virginia in 1743 on his family’s plantation near present day Charlottesville. He was selected for Congress in 1775 and became the principle author of the Declaration of Independence. He then served as the first Secretary of State under President George Washington and was later elected as President, serving from 1801 to 1809.  He was considered a well-learned man. He kept diaries throughout his life, recording his thoughts and political ideas. He had a keen interest in architecture and gardening.

Thomas Jefferson had a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father who served as the third President of the United States of America. He was born in Virginia in 1743 and was selected for Congress in 1775 and became the principle author of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson had a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

Thomas Jefferson
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Position: 3rd U.S. President
Term: 1801–1809
Political Party: Democratic-Republican
Death: July 4, 1826 (83)

Given Name
Birthday
April 13, 1743

Drawings include:
Thomas Jefferson standing front (formal), standing (side), standing front (casual)

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Clark Gable
Set of illustrations of Clark Gable in various poses measured with overall height

Clark Gable was a famous Hollywood film actor. He was born in 1901 in Ohio and served in the military during the Second World War.  He was dubbed ‘The King of Hollywood’ due to his appearance in a great number of popular films. One of his most famous roles was as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, a Civil War epic, where he starred opposite Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara. His most famous line has become immortalized in cinematic history. As he leaves Scarlett for the last time, he responds to her pleading, by uttering the words: ‘frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn’.

Clark Gable was 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Clark Gable was a famous Hollywood film actor. He was dubbed ‘The King of Hollywood’ due to his appearance in a great number of popular films. One of his most famous roles was as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, a Civil War epic, where he starred opposite Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

Clark Gable was 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Clark Gable
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Nationality: United States
Years Active: 1918–1960
Death: November 16, 1960 (59)

Given Name
William Clark Gable
Birthday
February 1, 1901

Drawings include:
Clark Gable front, side, front (casual)

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