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Rome, Season One

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272 pages
Rome, Season One: History Makes Television examines the first season of the HBO-BBC collaboration, Rome, in a collection of thought-provoking essays by some of the world’s most influential scholars in the fields of classical antiquity and popular culture.

  • Examines the first season of the HBO-BBC collaboration, Rome, in a collection of 17 thought-provoking essays by some of the world’s most influential scholars in the fields of classical antiquity and popular culture
  • Focuses on the award-winning first season’s historical framework, visual and narrative style, contemporary thematic overtones, and influence on popular culture
  • Addresses the artistic values, and roles of the script, sets, and actors
  • Reveals how the series Rome ‘makes history’ in terms of representing the past on screen and producing innovative and influential television.
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List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors Episode Guide
Introduction Monica S. Cyrino
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 1 Televising Antiquity: FromYou Are TheretoRomeJon Solomon
 2 Making History inRome: Ancient vs. Modern Perspectives W. Jeffrey Tatum
 3 What I Learned as an Historical Consultant forRomeKristina Milnor
 4Rome’s Opening Titles: Triumph, Spectacle, and Desire Holly Haynes
 5 The Fog of War: The Army inRomeLee L. Brice
 6 Caesar’s Soldiers: ThePietasof Vorenus and Pullo Brian Cooke
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Contents
Becoming Augustus: The Education of Octavian Barbara Weiden Boyd
“Not Some Cheap Murder”: Caesar’s Assassination Alison Futrell
Women’s Politics in the Streets ofRomeAntony Augoustakis
Atia and the Erotics of Authority Monica S. Cyrino
Her First Roman: A Cleopatra forRomeGregory N. Daugherty
Gowns and Gossip: Gender and Class Struggle inRomeMargaret M. Toscano
The Gender Gap: Religious Spaces inRomeJ. Mira Seo
Staging Interiors inRome’s Villas Alena Allen
Latin in the Movies andRomeWard Briggs
Spectacle of Sex: Bodies on Display inRomeStacie Raucci
Vice is Nice:Romeand Deviant Sexuality Anise K. Strong
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Illustrations
Figure 1 The city of Rome at the end of the Republic. Figure 2military conquests. Caesar’s Figure 3 Brothers in arms: Pullo (Ray Stevenson) and Vorenus (Kevin McKidd). Figure 4Gallic campaign: Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) The rides into camp. Figure 5triumph: Atia (Polly Walker) sits next to Caesar’s Antony (James Purefoy), with Calpurnia (Haydn Gwynne) in the background. Figure 6 Atia (Polly Walker) and Antony (James Purefoy) enjoy dinner at her villa, while a servant attends them. Figure 7of a typical Roman Plan domus.
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