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In: Rewriting the Ancient World
In: The Reception of Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Popular Culture
Author: Eran Almagor

Abstract

The popular French comic strip Astérix is a modern day myth, which provides the readers with an imaginary world of heroes, living in the timeless year of 50 bc, in a fantasy land which is supposed to be Roman Gaul. The mythographers, as it were, the author René Goscinny and the artist Albert Uderzo, succeeded in turning harsh history into a popular illustrated tale, creating an image more powerful than any historical account. Following their success, Goscinny and Uderzo created in 1976 the animated film Les Douze Travaux d’Astérix (The Twelve Tasks of Asterix), the only movie to be based on an original screenplay that was not preceded by a comic book in the series. Casting Asterix as a Hercules surrogate, the film is to this day one of the most interesting attempts in modern popular culture to deconstruct and reconstruct the myth of Hercules. Like the French comic book series Astérix, it adapts classical texts, albeit with slight differences. This chapter tackles the way the film handles the stories of Hercules and creates another myth via the medium of animation, a topic which has not been considered so far.

In: The Modern Hercules
Author: Eran Almagor

Abstract

This chapter examines several of Plutarch’s explicit references to Polybius in an effort to appraise the intricate character of intertextuality in his works, especially through an author who both lived during the period of transition of power from Greece to Rome, and wrote about it. The chapter studies, therefore, both the use of Polybius’ text in the works of Plutarch and the appearance of Polybius as an author outside his text. Three examples are explored: Cleomenes, Aemilius Paulus and Philopoemen.

In: The Dynamics of Intertextuality in Plutarch
Editors: Eran Almagor and Lisa Maurice
In Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Popular Culture, Eran Almagor and Lisa Maurice offer a comprehensive collection of chapters dealing with the reception of antiquity in popular media of the modern era (19th-21st centuries). These media include theatrical plays, cinematic representations, Television drama, popular newspapers or journals, poems and outdoor festivals. For the first time in Classical Reception Studies, ancient Jewish literature and imagery are included in the discussion. The focus of the volume is both the continuity and variance between ancient and modern sets of values, which appear in the new interpretations of the ancient stories, figures and protagonists.
In: The Reception of Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Popular Culture
In: The Reception of Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Popular Culture