Imperial Projections: Ancient Rome in Modern Popular Culture / Edition 1

Imperial Projections: Ancient Rome in Modern Popular Culture / Edition 1

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Imperial Projections: Ancient Rome in Modern Popular Culture / Edition 1

The 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.

Contributors: Nicholas J. Cull, William Fitzgerald, Alison Futrell, Sandra R. Joshel, Margaret Malamud, Martha Malamud, Donald T. McGuire, Jr., Martin M. Winkler, and Maria Wyke

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801882685
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 08/09/2005
Series: Arethusa Books
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,102,414
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents


Introduction by Sandra R. Joshel, Margaret Malamud, and Maria Wyke

Chapter 1: "Oppositions, Anxieties, and Ambiguities in the Toga Movie" by William Fitzgerald

Chapter 2: "The Roman Empire in American Cinema after 1945" by Martin Winkler

Chapter 3: "Seeing Red: Spartacus as Domestic Economist" by Alison Futrell

Chapter 4: "I, Claudius: Projection and Imperial Soap Opera" by Sandra R. Joshel

Chapter 5: "'Infamy! Infamy! They've All Got It in for Me!': Carry on Cleo and the British Camp Comedies of Ancient Rome" by Nicholas Cull

Chapter 6: "Brooklyn on the Tiber: Roman Comedy on Broadway and in Film" by Margaret Malamud

Chapter 7: "Serial Romans" by Martha Malamud

Chapter 8: "Shared Sexualities: Roman Soldiers, Derek Jarman's Sebastiane, and British Homosexuality" by Maria Wyke

Chapter 9: "Living Like Romans in Las Vegas: The Roman World at Caesar's Palace" by Margaret Malamud and Donald T. McGuire, Jr.



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Peter Bondanella

This book makes an important contribution to popular culture and classics at the same time. It seems to me that this is cultural studies at its best, most informative, and most original. This is a very serious, yet entertaining and provocative book.

Peter Bondanella, Indiana University

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