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Ancient Greece on British Television (Screening Antiquity) (Hardcover)

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By Fiona Hobden (Editor), Amanda Wrigley (Editor)
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Ancient Greece has inspired television producers and captivated viewing audiences in the United Kingdom for over half a century. By examining how and why political, social and cultural narratives of Greece have been constructed through television's distinctive audiovisual languages, and in relation also to its influential sister-medium radio, this volume explores the nature and function of these public engagements with the written and material remains of the Hellenic past.

Through 10 case studies drawn from feature programmes, educational broadcasts, children's animation, theatre play productions, dramatic fiction and documentaries broadcast across the decades, this collection offers wide-ranging insights into the significance of ancient Greece on British television.

Key features and benefits

First multi-authored collection of essays on the topic of ancient Greece on television

Brings experts from the disciplines of Classics and Media Studies together to offer rigorous examples of how to apply the methodologies of Media Studies to Classical Reception

Explores the representation of Ancient Greece across a range of forms, including documentary, television drama, radio, theatre plays, educational television and children's animation Examines the use of mass media forms in formal and informal teaching and learning contexts, and evaluates the role of the academic in broadcasting Investigates institutional production contexts, developing technologies, the use of space and location, style and aesthetics, costume and staging, globalization and localization and audiences

Includes an interview with ancient historian Michael Scott and producer-director David Wilson to reflecting particularly on concept to reality

Discusses content broadcast on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4

Contributors include Anna Foka, Lynn Fotheringham, Peter Golphin, Tony Keen, Sarah Miles, Amanda Potter and John Wyver

About the Author

Fiona Hobden is Senior Lecturer in Greek Culture at the University of Liverpool, where her teaching and research extends from the politics, culture and society of ancient Greece to the reception of Classical antiquity today. She is the author of The Symposion in Ancient Greek Society and Thought (Cambridge, 2013). Recent publications have examined the representation of ancient Greece and Rome on television, with a focus on documentaries. Amanda Wrigley works in the Department of Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading. She specialises in the contextual histories of radio and television in 20th-century Britain, exploring issues of adaptation, intermediality, audiences and education as they pertain to imaginative programming which adapts and creates dramatic and literary forms. She is currently writing Greece on Screen: Greek Plays on British Television, a companion volume to her Greece on Air: Engagements with Ancient Greece on BBC Radio, 1920s-1960s (Oxford, 2015).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781474412599
ISBN-10: 1474412599
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Screening Antiquity