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Epic Heroes on Screen$
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Antony Augoustakis and Stacie Raucci

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424516

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424516.001.0001

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The Hero in a Thousand Pieces: Antiheroes in Recent Epic Cinema

The Hero in a Thousand Pieces: Antiheroes in Recent Epic Cinema

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(p.173) 11 The Hero in a Thousand Pieces: Antiheroes in Recent Epic Cinema
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Epic Heroes on Screen
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Dan Curley

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424516.003.0012

This chapter examines how onscreen antiheroes are the product of the fragmentation of traditional heroic storytelling. Using Alexander the Great, Perseus, and Hercules as case studies, the author shows how these new antiheroes are symptomatic of a new time of non-conformity, with heroes who do not conform to social mores, religious authority, or outdated cinematic modes of conveying values. The heroes that came before can be seen as conforming to traditional systems. The chapter demonstrates how antiheroic films work to disrupt the systems of the classicizing, traditional heroic journeys.

Keywords:   Heroism, antiheroism, Alexander the Great, Perseus, Hercules

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