Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture: Updated Second Edition by Gideon NisbetAncient Greece in Film and Popular Culture: Updated Second Edition by Gideon Nisbet

Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture: Updated Second Edition

byGideon Nisbet

Paperback | October 22, 2008

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This revised and expanded second edition responds to new developments in the reception of Greece in contemporary popular culture, and particularly the impact of the film "300" (2006). Why, in a century of film-making, have so few versions of the story of Alexander the Great - or that of Troy'sfall - made it to the big screen? In the aftermath of "Gladiator" (2000), with Hollywood studios rushing to revisit the ancient world with "Troy" and "Alexander" (both 2004), this question takes on renewed significance. Nisbet unpacks the ideas that continue to make Greece hot property - often toohot for Hollywood to handle. His lively explorations, which assume no prior expertise in classical or film studies, will appeal to all with an interest in "reception": the present day's re-use and re-invention of the past.
Gideon Nisbet is a Lecturer in Classics at the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham. He is the author of Greek Epigram in the Roman Empire: Martial's Forgotten Rivals (Oxford, 2003). He is also an ardent film-goer and observer of the Hollywood scene.
Title:Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture: Updated Second EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.39 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:October 22, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904675786

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface: The Dog in the Night-time
A Note on Terminology
1  Socrates' Excellent Adventure
2  Mythconceptions
3  Wars of the Successors
4  2007: It's Raining Men
Epilogue: Radio Gaga
Suggestions for Further Reading (and Viewing)

Editorial Reviews

"A brief but punchy account of the topic, and will be of considerable value to a wide audience. . . . Nisbet convinces us that taste and value judgments are of limited importance here when compared to the bigger questions of how receptions of Greece, and the classical past more generally, play out in the modern world, and the examples he uses to address this question turn out to be entirely apt.