Classics for All: Reworking Antiquity in Mass Culture

Following Gladiator's winning revival of the 'toga epic', stories of the traditional global in cinema have drawn expanding recognition from readers.

This assortment builds at the curiosity during this subject, taking its readers prior the standard barriers of classical reception reports into the components of historic Greece and Rome in mass pop culture.

Contributors speak about the makes use of of antiquity in tv programmes, laptop video games, journalism, Hollywood blockbusters, B-movies, pornography, internet 2.0, radio drama, and children's literature.

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Is it so changed by “purification” and familiarisation as to become essentially a different story? That depends where you believe the heart of the story lies; in fact the guts are more likely to remain, along with the blood, in a way that suggests our culture is far more comfortable with violence than we would like to believe. Versions of the Jason myths surveyed for this chapter In the list that follows, I have attempted to group the books roughly by age range to give a sense of the level of complexity and what they say about How to Make Jason and the Argonauts Suitable for Children 37 their target audiences.

Andrew Lang’s The Story Of The Golden Fleece (1903) and Padraic Colum’s influential 1921 retelling of a large number of Greek myths framed by the Argonaut narrative mediate between these two groups. 22 Chapter Two aimed at different audiences, with the goal of revealing patterns in the way that different authors tackle the problems of writing about these stories of “remarkable unpleasantness and crudity”. This is a complex task, not just because the myth itself is polymorphous, but also because the different versions draw on each other for inspiration.

23 The alternative (and, to modern readers, more shocking) version also has an ancient pedigree. 24 Both versions are dark and problematic, creating different issues: Apollonius’ version implicates Jason much more thoroughly in the killing, while the Ovidian version is much more shocking in itself. Like the Lemnos episode, many retellings for children omit Apsyrtus altogether. Hawthorne avoids the issue by simply stopping: on page 248 Jason leaps aboard the Argo complete with the Golden Fleece, and that is “The End”.

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