Troy: From Homer's Iliad to Hollywood Epic / Edition 1

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This is the first book systematically to examine Wolfgang Petersen’s epic film Troy from different archaeological, literary, cultural, and cinematic perspectives.

  • The first book systematically to examine Wolfgang Petersen’s epic film Troy from different archaeological, literary, cultural, and cinematic perspectives.
  • Examines the film’s use of Homer’s Iliad and the myth of the Trojan War, its presentation of Bronze-Age archaeology, and its place in film history.
  • Identifies the modern political overtones of the Trojan War myth as expressed in the film and explains why it found world-wide audiences.
  • Editor and contributors are archaeologists or classical scholars, several of whom incorporate films into their teaching and research.
  • Includes an annotated list of films and television films and series episodes on the Trojan War.
  • Contains archaeological illustrations of Troy, relevant images of ancient art, and stills from films on the Trojan War.
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Editorial Reviews

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“This is an excellent collection of essays. Editor MartinWinkler and the twelve authors are to be commended for getting ittogether and out so quickly while Troy is still relatively fresh inviewers’ minds. The articles could be read by anyoneinterested in the movie; they should be read by any classicist whohas seen it. Each piece – and each is pleasantly concise– offers good insight into Petersen’s movie, and whentaken all together, they can make the reader believe he/she reallyliked the movie and would be willing to see Troy again.”(International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Fall2007)

“This is an excellent collection of essays….a veryuseful, informative, and readable book, a book which itself,perhaps, takes its place in the way we understand the stories ofthe Trojan War.” (International Journal of the ClassicalTradition)

"Classics and film is a staple of university curricula; it hasbecome respectable, in large part thanks to Winkler's ownpersistent dedication ... Certainly [the book's] roster ofcontributors is aptly chosen for philological and ...archaeological strength-in-depth ... All of us working in thesubject area will need to familiarize ourselves with the volume'scontents ... We will be seeing a lot of this material in studentessays and dissertations from here on in ... A strong andappealingly diverse field of essays ... adventurous in scope andvery well informed. It will inspire students and professionalsalike to fresh explorations." (Arion)

"Any reader interested in understanding the relationship betweenthe Homeric texts and this film will profit greatly from thiscollection… I would even highly recommend this collection toreaders of Homer with little interest in contemporary film. [Such]insights should encourage the reader to look at the Homeric textswith a new perspective." (New England ClassicalJournal) 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405131834
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/3/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,423,609
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin M. Winkler is Professor of Classics at GeorgeMason University. Most recently he has edited the essay collectionsClassical Myth and Culture in the Cinema (2001) andGladiator: Film and History (Blackwell, 2004).

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Table of Contents

List of Plates.

Notes on Contributors.

Editor's Introduction.

1 Was There a Trojan War? Troy Between Fiction andArchaeological Evidence.

(Manfred O. Korfmann).

2 From Homer’s Troy to Petersen’s Troy. (JoachimLatacz).

3 The Iliad and the Cinema. (Martin M. Winkler).

4 The Story of Troy Through the Centuries. (Georg Danek).

5 Viewing Troy: Authenticity, Criticism, Interpretation. (JonSolomon).

6 Troy and the Role of the Historical Advisor. (J. LesleyFitton).

7 From Greek Myth to Hollywood Story: Explanatory. (KimShahabudin).

8 The Fate of Troy. (Stephen Scully).

9 Helen of Troy. (Monica S. Cyrino).

10 Briseis in Homer, Ovid, and Troy. (Alena Allen).

11 Troy and Memorials of War. (Frederick Ahl).

12 The Realist Politics of Troy. (Robert J. Rabel).

13 The Trojan War on the Screen: An Annotated. (Martin M.Winkler).


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