Description - Big Screen Rome by Monica Silveira Cyrino
Big Screen Rome is the first systematic survey of the most important and popular films from the past half century that reconstruct the image of Roman antiquity. The book provides in-depth discussions of a broad selection of famous films, including: William Wyler's Ben-Hur, Mervyn LeRoy's Quo Vadis, Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Ridley Scott's Gladiator, Terry Jones's Monty Python's Life of Brian and Richard Lester's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Big Screen Rome makes an important contribution to discussions about the ongoing relevance of the classical world, demonstrating how popular appropriations of classical antiquity on film can enrich our understanding of the classical tradition. It also shows how modern film-makers use recreations of ancient history as commentaries on contemporary society. Written in an energetic and engaging style, the book responds to the exciting renewal of popular and scholarly interest in cinema about the ancient Roman world.
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Author Biography - Monica Silveira Cyrino
Monica Silveira Cyrino is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of
In Pandora s Jar: Lovesickness in Early Greek Poetry (1995) and a contributor to Martin Winkler s
Gladiator: Film and History (Blackwell Publishing, 2004). She has appeared as an academic consultant on the television show History vs. Hollywood on
The History Channel. She was awarded the American Philological Association s national teaching award in classics (1998-99).