Rewriting the Ancient World

Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians in Modern Popular Fiction

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Editor: Lisa Maurice
Rewriting the Ancient World looks at how and why the ancient world, including not only the Greeks and Romans, but also Jews and Christians, has been rewritten in popular fictions of the modern world. The fascination that ancient society holds for later periods in the Western world is as noticeable in popular fiction as it is in other media, for there is a vast body of work either set in, or interacting with, classical models, themes and societies. These works of popular fiction encompass a very wide range of society, and the examination of the interaction between these books and the world of classics provides a fascinating study of both popular culture and example of classical reception.

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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.
Acknowledgements
List of Contributors

Introduction: The Ancient World and Popular Fiction
Lisa Maurice

Part 1: Rewriting the Classics in Crime Fiction and Thrillers


1 From I, Claudius to Private Eyes: Rome and the Detective in Popular Fiction
Lisa Maurice

2 A Roman and a Foreigner: Lindsey Davis’s New Roman Detective Series
Anat Koplowitz-Breier

3 “An Open Account from the Past Always Needs to be Settled”: Chimaira (2001) / The Ancient Curse (2010) and Receiving the Past
Claudia Fratini

Part 2: Rewriting the Ancient World in a Modern Setting


4 Going Home: Xenophon’s Anabasis in Sol Yurick’s The Warriors (1965)
Eran Almagor

5 The Eagle and the Mockingjay: Reality Television as Roman Gladiator Culture
Dor Yaccobi

6 “Atalanta Just Married”: A Case Study in Greek Mythology-Based Fan Fiction
Amanda Potter

Part 3: Rewriting Myths of Classical Literature


7 The Loves of Achilles: From Epic to Popular Fiction
Anne Sinha

8 “Home Is Behind, The World Ahead”: Reading Tolkien’s The Hobbit as a Story of Xenia or Homeric Hospitality
Hamish Williams

9 Cupid and Psyche: A Love Story (?) in Comics and Children’s Literature
Lily Glasner

Part 4: Rewriting Jews and Christians in the Ancient World


10 Sadducee and Pharisee in “The Antagonists” by E.K. Gann
Haim Perlmutter

11 Emotion and Reception of the Ancient World in Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880)
Emily Chow-Kambitsch

12 Jewish Women Writing Historical Novels Based on Rabbinic Sources
Tal Ilan

Some Concluding Thoughts
Index
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.