- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- List of Contributors
- 1 Questioning the Democratic, and Democratic Questioning
- 2 Against the ‘Democratic Turn’
- 3 The Divided Legacy of <i>Politikon</i>
- 4 A Democratic Turn in the Reception of the Roman–Dutch Law of Treason in South Africa?
- 5 Labour and the Classics
- 6 Appropriations of Cicero and Cato in the Making of American Civic Identity
- 7 Classics as a Weapon
- 8 Civilization and Savagery at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
- 9 The Expansion of Tragedy as Critique<sup>1</sup>
- 10 Investigating American Women’s Engagements with Graeco-Roman Antiquity, and Expanding the Circle of Classicists
- 11 The Democratic Turn in (and through) Pedagogy
- 12 Classics in West African Education
- 13 Back to the <i>Demos</i>
- 14 Can ‘Democratic’ Modern Stagings of Ancient Drama be ‘Authentic’?
- 15 Demotic Power to the People
- 16 Aristophanic Performance as an All-inclusive Event
- 17 Constructing Bridges for Peace and Tolerance
- 18 <i>The Silence of Eurydice</i>
- 19 Ovidian Metamorphoses in the Fiction of A. S. Byatt
- 20 Catullus and Lesbia Translated in Women’s Historical Novels
- 21 Female Voices
- 22 Heroes or Villains
- 23 Democracy and Popular Media
- 24 Practising Classical Reception Studies ‘in the Round’
- 25 In Search of Ancient Myths
- 26 Truth, Justice, and the Spartan Way
- 27 A ‘Democratic Turn’ at the Ashmolean Museum
- 28 All Mod Cons? Power, Openness, and Text in the Digital Turn
In Search of Ancient Myths
In Search of Ancient Myths
Documentaries and the Quest for the Homeric World
- (p.365) 25 In Search of Ancient Myths
- Classics in the Modern World
- Oxford University Press
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.
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