Ancient Rome at the Cinema
Story and Spectacle in Hollywood and Rome
Elena Theodorakopoulos is a lecturer in Classics at the University of Birmingham. She has recently co-edited 'The Rhetoric of Advice in Greece and Rome' (2007) with Diana Spencer and has written chapters for 'The Sites of Rome: Time, Space, Memory '(2007), edited by D. Larmour and D. Spencer, and 'Blackwell Companion to Catullus' (2007), edited by M. Skinner.
List of Illustrations vi Introduction 1 1 Narrative and Spectacle, Realism and Illusion, and the Historical Film 9 2 Ben-Hur: ‘Tale of the Christ’ or Tale of Rome? 30 3 Spartacus and the Politics of Story-Telling 51 4 The Fall of the Roman Empire: The Filmmaker as Historian 77 5 Gladiator: Making it New? 96 6 Fellini Satyricon: ‘Farewell to Antiquity’ or ‘Daily Life in Ancient Rome’? 122 7 Titus: Rome and the Penny Arcade 145 Conclusion 168 Notes 173 Further Reading and Viewing 186 Bibliography 190 Filmography 196 Index
Size: 216 × 138 mm
Publication: August 26, 2010
Series: Bristol Phoenix Press Greece and Rome Live