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Following Gladiator's profitable revival of the 'toga epic', experiences of the traditional international in cinema have drawn expanding consciousness from readers.

This assortment builds at the curiosity during this subject, taking its readers prior the standard obstacles of classical reception reports into the components of old Greece and Rome in mass pop culture.

Contributors talk about the makes use of of antiquity in tv programmes, machine video games, journalism, Hollywood blockbusters, B-movies, pornography, net 2.0, radio drama, and children's literature.

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I will finish with a sentimental anecdote. In 2003 I was walking through an estate in West London when I was approached by a lad about fifteen or sixteen years old. My first thought was not that he was a seeker after historical knowledge. ” A three-minute TV sequence had got him thinking. And that is surely, what we are all here for. Let us do what we can to keep antiquity in front of everyone’s eyes. 20 In 2005-6, 16,305 pupils took classical subjects at GCSE level and 5,861 did so at A level.

We are standing up to our knees in mud, or in 105˚ heat, because we love what we do: the best television programmes communicate this fact to viewers. It is in these conditions that spontaneous thought—sometimes on unexpected subjects—is committed to tape. An example: filming a sequence about the Hittites in Eastern Turkey in 2004, my production team and I were told that a requested artefact was unfortunately being restored in Istanbul. 30am in the morning to a small local museum and found another Bronze Age seal imprint in the corner of a display case.

Here Bradman & Ross replace the god with a monster in the form of a dragon. 32 Chapter Two maiden, laid a cruel and a cunning plot” (127). The Argonauts are complicit only because they do not try to stop her: And all the heroes shuddered, and looked one at the other for shame; yet they did not punish that dark witch-woman, because she had won for them the golden fleece. It is noticeable that they take a group responsibility for their complicity and that Jason is protected as one of the group. He also introduces an episode where the Argonauts want to drown Medea: ‘Medeia is the murderess.

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