Department of Greek & Latin


Publications and Talks


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Projecting the Past

Brought vividly to life on screen, the myth of ancient Rome resonates through modern popular culture. Projecting the Past examines how the cinematic traditions of Hollywood and Italy have resurrected ancient Rome to address the concerns of the present. The book engages contemporary debates about the nature of the classical tradition, definitions of history, and the place of the past in historical film.

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The Roman Mistress

From Latin love poetry's dominating and enslaving beloveds, to modern popular culture's infamous Cleopatras and Messalinas, representations of the Roman mistress (or the mistress of Romans) have brought into question both ancient and modern genders and political systems. The Roman Mistress makes a contribution simultaneously to feminist scholarship on antiquity, the classical tradition, and cultural studies.

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Caesar in the USA

The figure of Julius Caesar has loomed large in the United States since its very beginning, admired and evoked as a gateway to knowledge of politics, war, and even national life. This book is the first to examine Caesar's place in modern American culture. It finds that Caesar is mobilized in the USA as a resource for acculturation into the American present, as a prediction of America's future, or as a mode of commercial profit and great entertainment.

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The Ancient World in Silent Cinema

This extensively illustrated edited collection is a first systematic attempt to focus on the instrumental role of silent cinema in twentieth-century conceptions of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East. Hundreds of films were made in the first four decades of the twentieth century that drew their inspiration from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Bible. This collection asks what contribution did they make to the development of early cinema? How did early cinema's representations affect modern understanding of antiquity?