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The astonishing range of programmes broadcast in this period includes some of the most interesting, creative, and political engagements with ideas from and about ancient Greece in twentieth-century Britain. From talks to schools and adult education groups, creative re-imaginings of ancient historical texts written and broadcast as Second World War propaganda, and scores of performances of Greek tragedy, comedy, and their modern adaptations, Wrigley draws on the vast amount of evidence that exists in the written archives (both for production processes and also listeners' responses) to develop a full understanding of the role of the radio medium in public engagements with ancient Greece in twentieth-century Britain.
Dr Amanda Wrigley is Research Associate on the three-year AHRC-funded project Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television at the University of Westminster. She also serves as Associate Lecturer on the ten-month distance-learning course Exploring the Classical World for The Open University.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Note on conventions
Introduction. Broad(-er)casting ancient Greece
1. Mass media and classics, the public and cultural elitism
2. The contexts of programme-making
3. Listening in
4. Gilbert Murray: 'radio Hellenist', 1925-1956
5. Greek history in the wartime propaganda of Louis MacNeice
6. The poetry and drama of Homeric epic, 1943-1969
7. Greek tragedy: the case of Aeschylus' Agamemnon, 1946-1976
8. Post-war Greek comedy
Conclusion. Public property; or, classics for all
Appendix. Production chronology