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Classics in the Modern World: A Democratic Turn?

Lorna Hardwick and Stephen Harrison


This book investigates the notion of a ‘democratic turn’, a perspective applied to the ways in which Greek and Roman ideas, texts, and images have been absorbed, reworked, and communicated in the wider world in the modern period and have attracted the interest of recent research. The questions raised by the concept are historical and philosophical as well as artistic and political and they have been intensified (but not invented) by current scholarship on classical receptions. Research has tracked ways in which both ancient and newer works have become better known among less privileged groups, ... More

Keywords: classical reception, democratic, mass consumption, Greek, Roman, political, literature, gender, visual media

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673926
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorna Hardwick, editor
Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies, Open University

Stephen Harrison, editor
Professor of Latin Literature, University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

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Section 1 Controversies and Debates

5 Labour and the Classics

Michael Simpson

Section 2 Area Study—The United States

7 Classics as a Weapon

Margaret Malamud

9 The Expansion of Tragedy as Critique1

Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz

Section 3 Education: Ideologies, Practices, and Contexts

13 Back to the Demos

Martina Treu

Section 4 Greek Drama in Modern Performance: Democracy, Culture, and Tradition

15 Demotic Power to the People

Anastasia Bakogianni*

Section 5 Creativity—Female Agency in Fiction and Poetry

21 Female Voices

Fiona Cox and Elena Theodorakopoulos

Section 6 The Public Imagination

22 Heroes or Villains

Sarah Butler

23 Democracy and Popular Media

Alexandre G. Mitchell


S. Sara Monoson

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