Ancient Rome in Modern Popular Culture
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Imperial Projections by Sandra R. Joshel
Book DescriptionThe 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801882685
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sandra R. Joshel
Material Life of Roman Slaves, Paperback (September 2015)
The Material Life of Roman Slaves retrieves and represents the physical environment and lives of Roman slaves.
Slavery in the Roman World, Hardback (August 2010)
A lively and comprehensive overview of Roman slavery, ideal for introductory-level students of the ancient Mediterranean world.
Women and Slaves in Greco-Roman Culture, Paperback (June 2001)» View all books by Sandra R. Joshel
This is the first book to critically explore how slaveholding and the subordination of women shaped ancient societies and how women and slaves intersected with one another in both the cultural representations and the social realities.
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Author Biography - Sandra R. Joshel
Sandra R. Joshel is a professor of history at the University of Washington. Margaret Malamud is an associate professor of history at New Mexico State University. Donald T. McGuire, Jr. is Director of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisement Services and adjunct assistant professor of Classics at SUNY, Buffalo.
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