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Film and the Classical Epic Tradition


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Preface List of Illustrations 1: Surveying the Epic Tradition in Literature and Film 2: Homer on the Silver Screen 3: The Cinematic Argonautica 4: The Dynamics of the Epic Tradition in The Fall of the Roman Empire and Gladiator 5: Spartacus: Identifying a Cinematic Epic Hero 6: 'The Biggest Epic Yet': Spectacle and Ben-Hur 7: Epic Audiences 8: 'Makes Ben-Hur look like an epic': Cinematic Parody and the Classical Epic Tradition Bibliography Index

About the Author

Joanna Paul is a Lecturer in Classical Studies at The Open University. Her main research interests are in cinematic receptions of antiquity, but she also works on other areas of classical reception studies, and has published on a range of topics, including receptions of Pompeii and the history of Latin language pedagogy.


Film and the Classical Epic Tradition ranges widely, but remains a coherent, well-organized read. The argumentation is careful, the editing is excellent, and the writing clear. All in all, this book is an important asset for teaching and scholarship. * Sean Easton, The Classical Journal *
the reader is encouraged both to consider the nature of reception, and to apply it within historical contexts, not only considering the present, but different eras of the Greek and Roman worlds as well. * Arthur J. Pomeroy, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
In its approach to the question of genre, this book has many virtues: it avoids the common pitfall of obsessing over the criteria for what does and doesn't count as epic, and charts instead the rendering on screen of this genre's most conspicuous motifs * Francesca Martelli, Times Literary Supplement *
assured and ambitious * Gordon Braden, Translation and Literature *
further[s] the scholarly conversation by offering new ways of considering ancient works and innovative strategies for teaching them to a new generation of students. * Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy *

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