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STARZ SpartacusReimagining an Icon on Screen$
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Antony Augoustakis and Monica Cyrino

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474407847

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407847.001.0001

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Introduction: Reimagining a New Spartacus

Introduction: Reimagining a New Spartacus

(p.1) Introduction: Reimagining a New Spartacus
STARZ Spartacus

Antony Augoustakis

Monica S. Cyrino

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the highly successful television series Spartacus, which aired on the premium cable network STARZ from 2010 to 2013. The story of Spartacus, the historical Thracian gladiator who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republican army from 73 to 71 BC, has inspired numerous receptions over the centuries in a variety of different media, while the figure of the rebel slave leader has often served as an icon of resistance against oppression in modern political movements and popular ideologies. Here, the chapter looks into the production history of the STARZ series and how the series itself treads familiar ground at the same time as it explores new territory.

Keywords:   STARZ, Spartacus, production history, television series, ancient Rome, eroticism, historicity

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