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Screening the golden ages of the classical tradition

Author: Meredith E Safran
Publisher: Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press [2019]
Series: Screening Antiquity
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This collection of fourteen essays explores how the dominant media of our time - film and television - have engaged with the golden age as formulated in the Western classical tradition. Drawing on ancient Greek and Roman literature and culture, from Hesiod to Suetonius, these essays assess the far-reaching influence of the golden age concept on screen texts ranging from prestige projects like Gladiator and HBO's  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meredith E Safran
ISBN: 9781474440844 1474440843
OCLC Number: 1079760609
Description: xvi, 329 Seiten : Illustrationen.
Contents: Introduction: Searching for Gold in an Age of Iron / Meredith E. Safran --
PART I THE GLORY THAT WAS GREECE --
Re-(en)gendering Heroism: Reflective Nostalgia for Peplum's Golden Age of Heroes in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 2.14 (1996) / Vincent Tomasso --
Kissed by the Muse of Roller-Disco: Utopia versus the Golden Ages of America, Hollywood, and Classical Myth in Xanadu (1980) / Meredith E. Safran --
Gilding American History through Song Culture in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) / Ryan Platte --
A Leonidas for the Golden Age of Superhero Films: The Thermopylae Tradition in 300 (2006) / Eric Ross --
The Dueling Greek Golden Ages of 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) / Seán Easton --
Confronting the Ancient Greek Golden Age in Jules Dassin's Phaedra (1962) / Emma Scioli --
Pericles, Cincinnatus, and Zombies: Classicizing Nostalgia in The Walking Dead (2010- ) / Laura Gawlinski --
PART II THE GRANDEUR THAT WAS ROME --
"All That Glitters ... ": Problematizing Golden-Age Narratives in Vergil's Aeneid and the Western Film Genre / Kirsten Day --
The Golden Age and Imperial Dominance in the Aeneid and Serenity (2005) / Jennifer A. Rea --
Turning Gold into Lead: Sexual Pathology and the De-mythologizing of Augustus in HBO's Rome (2005-2007) / Thomas J. West III --
The Dux Femina Ends Westeros' Golden Age: Cersei Lannister as Agrippina the Younger in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011- ) / Meredith D. Prince --
The Golden Aspects of Roman Imperialism in Film, 1914-2015 / Anise K. Strong --
Broken Eagles: The Iron Age of Imperial Roman Warfare in Post-9/11 Film / Alex McAuley --
Dreaming of Rome with Ridley Scott's Gladiator (2000) / Matthew Taylor.
Series Title: Screening Antiquity
Responsibility: edited by Meredith E. Safran.

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This collection of fourteen essays explores how the dominant media of our time - film and television - have engaged with the golden age as formulated in the Western classical tradition. Drawing on ancient Greek and Roman literature and culture, from Hesiod to Suetonius, these essays assess the far-reaching influence of the golden age concept on screen texts ranging from prestige projects like Gladiator and HBO's Rome, to cult classics Xanadu and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, made by auteurs including Jules Dassin and the Coen Brothers. The book also looks at fantasy (Game of Thrones), science fiction (Serenity), horror (The Walking Dead), war/combat (the 300 franchise; Centurion), and the American Western.

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