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Rome, Season One: History Makes Television

Rome, Season One: History Makes Television

Monica Silveira Cyrino (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-16776-5

Feb 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

272 pages

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Rome, Season One: History Makes Television examines the first season of the HBO-BBC collaboration, Rome, in a collection of thought-provoking essays by some of the world’s most influential scholars in the fields of classical antiquity and popular culture.

  • Examines the first season of the HBO-BBC collaboration, Rome, in a collection of 17 thought-provoking essays by some of the world’s most influential scholars in the fields of classical antiquity and popular culture
  • Focuses on the award-winning first season’s historical framework, visual and narrative style, contemporary thematic overtones, and influence on popular culture
  • Addresses the artistic values, and roles of the script, sets, and actors
  • Reveals how the series Rome ‘makes history’ in terms of representing the past on screen and producing innovative and influential television.

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List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.

Episode Guide.

Introduction (Monica S. Cyrino).

1 Televising Antiquity: From You Are There to Rome (Jon Solomon).

2 Making History in Rome: Ancient vs. Modern Perspectives (W. Jeffrey Tatum).

3 What I Learned as an Historical Consultant for Rome (Kristina Milnor).

4 Rome’s Opening Titles: Triumph, Spectacle and Desire (Holly Haynes).

5 The Fog of War: The Army in Rome (Lee L. Brice).

6 Caesar’s Soldiers: The Pietas of Vorenus & Pullo (Brian Cooke).

7 Becoming Augustus: The Education of Octavian (Barbara Weiden Boyd).

8 "Not Some Cheap Murder": Caesar’s Assassination (Alison Futrell).

9 Women’s Politics in the Streets of Rome (Antony Augoustakis).

10 Atia and the Erotics of Authority (Monica S. Cyrino).

11 Her First Roman: A Cleopatra for Rome (Gregory N. Daugherty).

12 Gowns and Gossip: Gender and Class Struggle in Rome (Margaret M. Toscano).

13 The Gender Gap: Religious Spaces in Rome (J. Mira Seo).

14 Staging Interiors in Rome's Villas (Alena Allen).

15 Latin in the Movies and Rome (Ward Briggs).

16 Spectacle of Sex: Bodies on Display in Rome (Stacie Raucci).

17 Vice is Nice: Rome and Deviant Sexuality (Anise K. Strong).

Bibliography.

Index.

"Due to the wide range of subject matter, nearly every serious fan of ancient Rome will find something that piques their interest, if not something they wish to share with their students. The clear prose of all the authors-there is no getting bogged down in excessive film criticism jargon-and the copious notes make this collection useful on its own or as a springboard for further investigations." (The Classical Outlook, Spring 2009)

  • Examines the first season of the HBO-BBC collaboration, Rome, in a collection of 17 thought-provoking essays by some of the world’s most influential scholars in the fields of classical antiquity and popular culture
  • Focuses on the award-winning first season’s historical framework, visual and narrative style, contemporary thematic overtones, and influence on popular culture
  • Addresses the artistic values, and roles of the script, sets, and actors
  • Reveals how the series Rome ‘makes history’ in terms of representing the past on screen and producing innovative and influential television.