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Imperial Projections: Ancient Rome in Modern Popular Culture (Arethusa Books)


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Binding: Paperback
Brand: Brand: Johns Hopkins University Press
EAN: 9780801882685
Edition: Revised
Feature: Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN: 0801882680
Item Dimensions: 90060011476
Label: Johns Hopkins University Press
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 312
Publication Date: September 13, 2005
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Release Date: August 09, 2005
Studio: Johns Hopkins University Press


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The phenomenal success of the recent film Gladiator ensures that ancient Rome will continue to inspire moviemakers and attract audiences as it has done since the dawn of cinema. Indeed, the creators of popular culture have so often appropriated elements of Roman history and society for films and television programs, novels and comic books, advertising and computer games that most people's knowledge of ancient Rome derives from these representations. In Imperial Projections, scholars from a variety of fields―classics, history, film studies, and gender theory―provide an interdisciplinary look at how ancient Rome has been depicted in the media and what these varied portrayals tell us about contemporary culture.

The essays in Imperial Projections examine such films as Spartacus, Ben-Hur, Cleopatra, and The Fall of the Roman Empire; the acclaimed BBC television series I, Claudius; the Broadway musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; and the Roman-themed Las Vegas casino Caesars Palace, combining ancient history and cutting-edge cultural studies in a challenging, engaging, and informative volume.

Contributors: Nicholas J. Cull, William Fitzgerald, Alison Futrell, Sandra R. Joshel, Margaret Malamud, Martha Malamud, Donald T. McGuire, Jr., Martin M. Winkler, and Maria Wyke

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