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Classics in the Modern WorldA Democratic Turn?$
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Lorna Hardwick and Stephen Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673926.001.0001

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In Search of Ancient Myths

In Search of Ancient Myths

Documentaries and the Quest for the Homeric World

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(p.365) 25 In Search of Ancient Myths
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Classics in the Modern World
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Antony Makrinos

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673926.003.0025

This chapter examines the need for legitimization of our culture by the esteemed ancient cultures through a visual dialogue between modern and ancient has resulted in the production of counter-narratives of the past. These alternative narratives encourage modern interpretations of the ancient world by practitioners and seek to be authorized by the classicists. The discussion explores how and why documentary making (for example, the work of Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes) has changed popular conceptions of the Homeric world and our reception of classical myth and history. The chapter investigates the notion of a ‘democratic turn’ in Homeric receptions stimulated by the practice and the research of documentary making and demonstrates how the ancient world has played an essential role to the creation of highly-developed sets of cultural appropriations by documentary and its audiences.

Keywords:   documentary, homeric, visual, culture, bettany hughes, michael wood

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