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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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Draba’s Legacy and the Spectacle of Sacrifice

Draba’s Legacy and the Spectacle of Sacrifice

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STARZ Spartacus
Meredith D. Prince
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores how STARZ Spartacus reworks and inverts the pivotal scene of the private fight between Spartacus and Draba for Crassus' viewing pleasure in Kubrick's iconic 1960 film. While the new series omits the figure of Draba, the chapter argues that his influence reveals that, in contrast to the elite Romans in the earlier film, the Romans of the series—ruthlessly ambitious Batiatus, and vengeance-minded Lucretia and Ilithyia—are far more base in their political scheming and sexual desires. The chapter examines the series' staging of two bespoke fight exhibitions that draw on the Draba scene to present a narrative of decline that highlights the degeneracy of the Roman spectators and ultimately leads to rebellion.

Keywords:   Draba, fight exhibitions, Draba scene, narrative of decline, degeneracy, spectacle of sacrifice

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