Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture (Bristol Phoenix Press Greece and Rome Live)

Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture (Bristol Phoenix Press Greece and Rome Live)

By: Gideon Nisbet (author)Hardback

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This book explores the changing fortunes of the heroes of Greek myth and history in the melting pot of popular culture. Using little-known examples, classicist and film fan Gideon Nisbet charts the hidden history of Greece in the twentieth-century imagination, from film to science fiction and comics. As the twenty-first century began, no less than seven production companies were declaring their intention to turn Alexander the Great into a wide-screen hero. The rivalry was intense, the resulting media circus unprecedented. How could a long-dead warlord generate so much movie-industry gossip in the present day? And why, in a century of film-making, had so few versions of his story - or that of Troy's fall - made it to the big screen? When did we last see Classical Athens or Sparta in a movie? In the aftermath of Gladiator (2000), with Hollywood studios rushing to revisit the ancient world with Troy and Alexander (both 2004), these questions take on renewed significance.Nisbet here unpacks the ideas that continue to make Greece hot property in Hollywood. His lively exploration, which assumes no prior expertise in classical or film studies, will appeal to anyone with an interest in 'reception': the present day's continual re-use and re-invention of the past.

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Gideon Nisbet is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Birmingham.


Introduction: The Dog in the Night-time 1: Socrates' Excellent Adventure, Greece as Anti-cinema, Greece at the Drive-in ,Atlas (1960), Colossus of Rhodes (1961), Helen of Troy (1953), Greece is not the Word..., Cleopatra and the Bible Belt 2: I was a Teenage Hercules - Myth as Spin-off, Hercules in the Sahara, Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (1995), 'Hylas lives with Hercules and Iolaus', 'I'm Hercules - and so is my wife', Hercules and Xena 3: Wars of the Successors - History as Hype, Alexander the Great (1956), Alexander the Great (1964 TV pilot starring William Shatner), The New Alexanders (Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Mel Gibson etc), 'Alexander, Queen of the Desert': Sand, Sex and Stars, Alexander (2004) 4: Greece in Popular Culture, Leonidas at Thermopylae, Troy (2004) Conclusions Glossary Guide to Further Reading Filmography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/11/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781904675419
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 132
  • ID: 9781904675419
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 1904675417

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