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Film and the Classical Epic Tradition

Joanna Paul


This book explores the cultural significance of labelling certain films as ‘epics’, arguing that there is a meaningful relationship between films set in antiquity and the classical epic tradition. The connection between cinematic and literary epic genres is particularly apparent in films which adapt classical epic for the screen, and the book begins with a detailed assessment of movies including Ulysses, Troy, O Brother Where Art Thou, and Jason and the Argonauts, focusing on themes such as heroism and kleos, the depiction of the gods, and narrative structure. It then considers a series of cas ... More

Keywords: epic film, classical epic, genre, tradition, adaptation, spectacle, antiquity, heroism, parody, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542925
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Paul, author
Lecturer in Classical Studies, The Open University