Author Archives: Joanna Paul

AMPRAW: updated CFP

We’re delighted to share this updated CFP for this year’s AMPRAW conference, which includes more details on confirmed speakers and funding sources.  We are pleased to announce that the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the University of St Andrews and … Continue reading

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Tony Keen: Designing a Classics and Cinema Module

This spring I returned to teaching Roehampton’s third-year Classics and Cinema module. It was to teach this that I’d first come to Roehampton, though after a couple of presentations I’d been lured away by the prospect of teaching an MRes … Continue reading

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AMPRAW Call for Papers: ‘Community’

We are delighted to announce our call for papers for the seventh Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW), focusing on the theme of “community”. AMPRAW, an important academic event both within and outside the … Continue reading

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Amanda Potter: Wonder Woman – An “Awesome” Ancient Hero for the Modern World

It was with much excitement and a little nervousness that I went to the cinema on 3 June to watch the new Wonder Woman film, directed by Patty Jenkins and featuring Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. I had … Continue reading

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Christopher McDonough: Forgetting and Remembering Jules Dassin’s Phaedra

Last month, I was at the Classical Association meeting in Canterbury and, having heard many fine papers on film reception, was finishing up my meal at the Friday night banquet when the loud music began to play signaling the start … Continue reading

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Ben Greet: Classics in Star Trek

Star Trek exists as what Daniel Bernardi calls a ‘mega-text’, a group of televisual, filmic, literary, auditory, and other ‘texts’ that all share a relatively cohesive fictional universe. The amount of ‘texts’ that make up the Star Trek franchise includes … Continue reading

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Introducing the ‘Classical World New Zealand’ Project

by Anastasia Bakogianni, Lecturer in Classical Studies, Massey University (Auckland campus) How have New Zealanders received the classical world? How have they adapted and transformed it for use in their own culture and the arts? Why do they feel this deep … Continue reading

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Anastasia Bakogianni: Between Tradition and Creativity – Modern Greek Cinematic Receptions of the Classical World

How can ancient tragedy be transplanted into the modern medium of film? What are some of the obstacles filmmakers have to overcome when they attempt to transform an ancient theatrical play into a movie? What challenges do we face when … Continue reading

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Kim Shahabudin: Simply the best? Or not so simply…

A recent post on a Facebook Group asked what the “best” film versions of the Iliad, Odyssey and Aeneid were. BIG QUESTION, was my immediate reaction. After all, how do you qualify ‘best’, when you’re thinking about cultural objects? And … Continue reading

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Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones: The Epic World of Norma Desmond – An Alternative Guide to Watching Hollywood Epics – Part 2

As I showed in Part 1 of this post, Sunset Boulevard is a film saturated in allusions to an earlier age of filmmaking, but it is in the film’s extraordinary final scene that the blurring of time, space, and genre … Continue reading

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