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The Novel of Neronian Rome and its Multimedial Transformations: Sienkiewicz's Quo vadis

Monika Woźniak and Maria Wyke


When in 1905 the Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature ‘for outstanding services as an epic writer’, it was his novel Quo vadis. A Narrative of the Time of Nero that motivated the committee to bestow this notable honour. The extraordinary international success of Quo vadis catapulted the author into literary stardom, placing him at the top of international league tables for the sheer quantity of his readers. But, before long, the historical novel began to detach itself from the person of its author and to become a multimedial, mass–culture phenomenon. In t ... More

Keywords: Henryk Sienkiewicz, Quo vadis, reception of Nero, historical novels, multimediality, adaptation, Polish literature, classical reception in Poland, popular culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198867531
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198867531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monika Woźniak, editor
Associate Professor of Polish Language and Literature, University of Rome 'La Sapienza'

Maria Wyke, editor
Professor and Chair of Latin, Department of Greek and Latin, University College London

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