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), many articles, and editor of two more Brill Metaforms volumes.
Contributors are: Eran Almagor, Emily Chow-Kambitsch, Claudia Caia Julia Fratini,
Lily Glasner, Tal Ilan, Anat Koplowitz-Breier, Lisa Maurice, Haim Perlmutter, Amanda Potter, Anne Sinha, Hamish Williams, Dor Yacobi.
All interested in Classical Reception Studies, comparative literature, historical fiction or wider popular fiction. Also academic libraries, institutes, graduate students, undergraduate students and educated laymen.
Table of contents
List of Contributors
Introduction: The Ancient World and Popular Fiction
Part 1: Rewriting the Classics in Crime Fiction and Thrillers
1 From I, Claudius to Private Eyes: Rome and the Detective in Popular Fiction
2 A Roman and a Foreigner: Lindsey Davis’s New Roman Detective Series
3 “An Open Account from the Past Always Needs to be Settled”: Chimaira (2001) / The Ancient Curse (2010) and Receiving the Past
Part 2: Rewriting the Ancient World in a Modern Setting
4 Going Home: Xenophon’s Anabasis in Sol Yurick’s The Warriors (1965)
5 The Eagle and the Mockingjay: Reality Television as Roman Gladiator Culture
6 “Atalanta Just Married”: A Case Study in Greek Mythology-Based Fan Fiction
Part 3: Rewriting Myths of Classical Literature
7 The Loves of Achilles: From Epic to Popular Fiction
8 “Home Is Behind, The World Ahead”: Reading Tolkien’s The Hobbit as a Story of Xenia or Homeric Hospitality
9 Cupid and Psyche: A Love Story (?) in Comics and Children’s Literature
Part 4: Rewriting Jews and Christians in the Ancient World
10 Sadducee and Pharisee in “The Antagonists” by E.K. Gann
11 Emotion and Reception of the Ancient World in Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880)
12 Jewish Women Writing Historical Novels Based on Rabbinic Sources
Some Concluding Thoughts