Eran Almagor, Ph.D. (Hebrew University, 2007) is author of papers and chapters on the Achaemenid Empire, Ctesias, Plutarch, Strabo, Josephus, and the reception of antiquity in modern popular culture. Co-editor of Ancient Ethnography: New Approaches (London, 2013).
Lisa Maurice, Ph.D. (2001) is senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She is the author of The Teacher in Ancient Rome: The Magister and His World (Lexington 2013), the editor of The Reception of Ancient Greece and Rome in Children’s Literature: Heroes and Eagles (Brill 2015), Rewriting the Ancient World: Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians in Modern Popular Fiction (Brill 2017), and has published many articles, both on Roman Comedy and on Classical Reception.
Contributors are: Eran Almagor, Luca Asmonti, Gabriel Danzig, Anna Foka, Ariadne Konstantinou, Anggeliki Koumanoudi, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Lisa Maurice, Panayiota Mini, Maria Pretzler, Hanna Roisman, David Schaps, Emma Southon, Emma Stafford, Haim Weiss
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Table of contents
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Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Popular Culture
Eran Almagor and Lisa Maurice
Part 1: Re-enacting Ancient Virtues and Vices
Section 1: Staging Ancient Virtues and Vices
1 The House of Atreus as a Reflection of Contemporary Evil: Performance Reception and The Oresteia
2 Thornton Wilder’s The Alcestiad or A Life in the Sun
3 Herodotus on Stage: The Modern Greek Play “Candaules’ Wife” by Margarita Liberaki
Section 2: Screening Ancient Virtues and Vices
4 Can You Dig It? Heroes and Villains from Xenophon’s Anabasis to Walter Hill’s The Warriors (1979)
5 Hercules’ Choice: Virtue, Vice and the Hero of the Twentieth-century Screen
6 Deconstructing Oedipus: Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite and the Classical Tradition
7 Caligula and Drusilla in the Modern Imagination
8 “Salome, Nice Girl”: Rita Hayworth and the Problem of the Hollywood Biblical Vamp
9 Representations of the Christian Female Virtue in Roman Film Epics: The Sign of the Cross (1932) and Quo Vadis (1951)
Part 2: Ancient Virtues and Vices in the Modern World
Section 2: Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Greece
10 Philip, Alexander and Macedonia: Between Greek Virtue and Barbarian Pleasure
11 From Giscard d’Estaing to Syntagma Square: The Use and Abuse of Ancient Greece in the Debate on Greece’s eu membership
12 The Great God Pan Never Dies!
Section 2: Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Jewish Existence
13 In These Days, in That Season: The Nationalization of the Maccabees
David M. Schaps
14 A Double Edged Sword—The Power of Bar-Kosibah: From Rabbinic Literature to Popular Culture
15 What Has Rome to Do with Jerusalem? The Reception of Turnus Rufus and Rabbi Akivah in the Talmud and in Contemporary Israel