The figure of Spartacus often serves as an icon of resistance against oppression in modern political movements, while his legend has inspired numerous receptions over the centuries in many different popular media. This new essay collection brings together a wide range of scholarly perspectives on the four seasons of the acclaimed and highly successful premium cable television series 'Spartacus' (2010-13), with contributions from experts in the fields of Classics, History, Gender, Film and Media Studies, and Classical Reception. 'STARZ Spartacus' uncovers a fascinating range of topics and themes within the series such as slavery, society, politics, spectacle, material culture, sexuality, aesthetics, and fan reception. As the first volume of essays published on the entirety of the STARZ series, this book is a valuable resource for both students and scholars eager to confront a new Spartacus, as the hero of the slave revolt is recast for a twenty-first century audience.The first academic volume looking at various themes of the premium cable TV series 'Spartacus'Includes original, innovative research in fields of history, politics, gender, film, fan culture Explores the theme of Spartacus on screen from multiple angles: history, classics, film studies, reception studies, gender studies, fandom studies
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Number of pages: 268
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
"In 1960 Kirk Douglas' Spartacus was directed toward the liberal values of its middle class audience. The contributors to this volume ably show in their analyses how half a century later both producers and viewers of STARZ Spartacus have become significantly more disparate in their aspirations, whether political or sexual." -- Arthur J. Pomeroy, Victoria University of Wellington
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