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Classics in the Modern World brings together a collection of distinguished international contributors to discuss the features and implications of a "democratic turn" in modern perceptions of ancient Greece and Rome. It examines how Greek and Roman material has been involved with issues of democracy, both in political culture and in the greater diffusion of classics in recent times outside the elite classes.
By looking at individual case studies from theatre, film, fiction, TV, radio, museums, and popular media, and through area studies that consider trends over time in particular societies, the volume explores the relationship between Greek and Roman ways of thinking and modern definitions of democratic practices and approaches, enabling a wider re-evaluation of the role of ancient Greece and Rome in the modern world.
Lorna Hardwick is Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies at the Open University. She has published books and articles on Greek drama and on Greek and Latin poetry and historiography and its reception in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is editor of the Classical Receptions Journal and co-series editor of the Classical Presences series (OUP).
Stephen Harrison is Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Professor of Latin Literature in the University of Oxford. He is author of books on Vergil, Horace, and Apuleius and of a range of pieces on classical reception in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements List of contributors List of illustrations Introduction Lorna Hardwick and Stephen Harrison Section 1: Controversies and debates 1. Questioning the democratic, and demoscratic questioning, Katherine Harloe 2. Against the Democratic Turn: Counter-texts; Counter-contexts; Counter- arguments, Lorna Hardwick 3. Conflicts of democracy and citizenship: Between the Greek and the Roman Political Legacies, Aleka Lianeri 4. The Reception of the Roman-Dutch Law of Treason in South Africa, John Hilton 5. Labour and the Classics: Plato and Crossman in Dialogue, Michael Simpson Section 2: Area Study The United States 6. Appropriations of Cicero and Cato in the Making of American Civic Identity, Barbara Lawatsch Melton 7. The Weapon of Oratory, Margaret Malamud 8. Civilization versus Savagery at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Robert Davis 9. Expansion of Tragedy as Critique, Nancy S. Rabinowitz 10. Investigating American women's engagements with Greco-Roman antiquity, and expanding the circle of 'classicists', Judith P. Hallett Section 3: Education: Ideologies, Practices and Contexts 11. The Democratic Turn in (and through) pedagogy: a case study of the Cambridge Latin Course, Joanna Paul 12. Classics in African Education : the rhetoric of colonial commissions, Barbara Goff 13. Back to the demos. An 'anti-classical' approach to Classics, Martina Treu Section 4: Greek Drama in Modern Performance: Democracy, Culture and Tradition 14. Can 'Democratic' Stagings of Modern Greek Drama be Authentic?, Mary-Kay Gamel 15. The triumph of demotike: the triumph of Medea, Anastasia Bakogianni 16. Aristophanes in Performance as an all-inclusive event': audience participation and celebration in the modern staging of Aristophanic comedy, Angeliki Varakis 17. Constructing Bridges for Peace and Tolerance: Ancient Greek Drama on the Israeli Stage, Nurit Yaari 18. The Silence of Eurydice: case study for a 'topology of democracy', Dorinda Hulton Section 5: Creativity female agency in fiction on poetry 19. Ovidian Metamorphoses in the Fiction of A. S. Byatt, Fiona Cox 20. Catullus and Lesbia translated in women's historical novels, Elena Theodorakopoulos 21. Female Voices: the democratic turn in Ali Smith's classical reception, Fiona Cox and Elena Theodorakopoulos Section 6: The Public Imagination 22. Heroes or Villains: The Gracchi, Reform and the Nineteenth-Century Press, Sarah Butler 23. Democracy and popular media: classical receptions in 19th and 20th century political cartoons: statesmen, mythological figures and celebrated artworks, Alexandre G. Mitchell 24. Practising classical reception studies 'in the round': mass media engagements with antiquity and the 'democratic turn' towards the audience, Amanda Wrigley 25. In search of ancient myths: documentaries and the quest for the Homeric World, Antony Makrinos 26. Truth, Justice, and the Spartan Way : Affectations of Democracy in Frank Miller's 300, George A. Kovacs 27. A 'Democratic Turn' at the Ashmolean Museum, Susan Walker 28. All Mod Consa Power, Openness and Text in a Digital Turn 29. Afterword, S.Sara Monoson Bibliography Index