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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 Changing Faces of Heroism in Atlantis (2013–15)

The Changing Faces of Heroism in Atlantis (2013–15)

(p.125) 8 The Changing Faces of Heroism in Atlantis (2013–15)
Epic Heroes on Screen

Amanda Potter

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the BBC series Atlantis, a fantasy-adventure series set in ancient Greece. In addition to the male heroes Jason, Hercules, and Pythagoras, the series creates female models of heroism in its presentation of the mythological figures Medea, Ariadne, and Medusa. The series shows the complexities of heroism by letting its heroes change and grow over time. Through such a non-static depiction of heroism, viewers are able to relate to the characters in the series, something they have grown accustomed to do with other television stories. The series also shows the effect on heroes in a sustained narrative.

Keywords:   Atlantis, mythological, Jason, Hercules, Pythagoras, Medea, Ariadne, Medusa, TV series

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