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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

(p.69) 4 A New Crassus as Roman Villain
STARZ Spartacus
Gregory N. Daugherty
Edinburgh University Press

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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