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STARZ Spartacus

Reimagining an Icon on Screen

Edited by Antony Augoustakis, Monica S Cyrino

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Gladiator, rebel slave leader, revolutionary: a collection of essays dissecting four seasons of STARZ Spartacus

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.

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Contents

Series Editors’ Preface
Editors’ Acknowledgments
Contributors
List of Illustrations
Episode Listing

Introduction: Reimagining A New Spartacus, Antony Augoustakis and Monica S. Cyrino
Part I: Heroes and Heroism
1. Memories of Storied Heroes, Alison Futrell
2. From Kubrick’s Political Icon to Television Sex Symbol, Nuno Simões Rodrigues
3. The Life and Death of Gannicus, Juliette Harrisson
4. A New Crassus as Roman Villain, Gregory N. Daugherty
Part II: Social Spaces
5. Upward Mobility in the House of Batiatus, Monica S. Cyrino
6. Social Dynamics and Liminal Spaces, Stacie Raucci
7. Building a New Ancient World, Lisa Maurice 
Part III: Gender and Sexuality
8. The Rape of Lucretia, Anise K. Strong
9. The Others, Antony Augoustakis
10. Fan Reactions to Nagron as One True Pairing, Amanda Potter
Part IV: Spectacle and Violence
11. Base Pleasures, Spectacle, and Society, Alex McAuley
12. Draba’s Legacy and the Spectacle of Sacrifice, Meredith D. Prince
13. Violence and Voyeurism in the Arena, Hunter H. Gardner and Amanda Potter
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Antony Augoustakis is Professor of Classics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. His research focuses on Imperial Latin literature of the first century CE, especially the role of gender and the representation of death and ritual in epic poetry. He is the author of Motherhood and the Other: Fashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic (2010) and Plautus’ Mercator (2009). He is editor of the Brill Companion to Silius Italicus (2010), Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic (2013), Flavian Poetry and its Greek Past (2014), and co–edited with Carole Newlands Statius’ Siluae and the Poetics of Intimacy (2007) and with Ariana Traill the Blackwell Companion to Terence (2013). He has just completed a commentary on Statius’ Thebaid 8 (forthcoming) and the Oxford Readings in Flavian Epic, co–edited with Helen Lovatt (forthcoming). He has also published articles and book chapters on the reception of the ancient world on screen. He is the editor of the journal Illinois Classical Studies.

Monica S. Cyrino is Professor of Classics at the University of New Mexico. Her scholarly research centers on the reception of the ancient world on screen. She has published numerous books and articles and often gives lectures around the world on the representation of classical antiquity on film and television. She has served as an academic consultant on several recent film and television productions.

Reviews

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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