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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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A New Crassus as Roman Villain

A New Crassus as Roman Villain

Chapter:
(p.69) 4 A New Crassus as Roman Villain
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STARZ Spartacus
Author(s):
Gregory N. Daugherty
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407847.003.0005

This chapter examines the historical Crassus as reimagined in the STARZ Spartacus series by means of clever adaptations and modifications. It argues that Crassus undergoes a transformation, as he is sexualized by the addition of a tender romance with a slave woman, Kore—an affair turned bitter by the machinations of an invented son named Tiberius—and by his gladiator-style physical conditioning regimen. The result is a compelling characterization that is not a product of its literary and cinematic predecessors but is remarkably consistent with the ancient source material and respectful of at least some of the realities of period.

Keywords:   Crassus, historical Crassus, reimagined Crassus, Kore, Tiberius, gladiator, Crassus' characterization, ancient source material

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