The worlds of Greece and Rome have been central to western education and culture since the Renaissance. It is therefore not surprising that antiquity has provided subject matter for the cinema since the movies began. Some of the most memorable movies that Hollywood has produced are Greek and Roman epics (Ben-Hur, Jason and the Argonauts, Gladiator). And cinema both responds to and shapes the general population’s perception of the ancient world.
In this day school, you will be introduced to an overview of the history of Classics and Cinema. We will then focus on three specific areas for more detailed study – the 1950s and 1960s Hollywood epic, British comedy movies using Greece and Rome, and the ancient world movie since 2000. By the end, you should have gained considerable insight into how movie-makers handle Greece and Rome.
Dr Tony Keen has degrees from the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester, and has taught at institutions across the UK and beyond. His teaching has ranged across Greek and Roman history and culture, mythology, film history and science fiction literature. He has considerable experience with adult learners, having spent eighteen years with the Open University, and having taught with the University of Manchester’s Department of Extra-Mural Studies. He is currently working on a book on screen portrayals of Roman Britain.
Day: Saturday, 12 May 2018 Time: 10.30am– 4.30pm
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