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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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Ancient (Anti)Heroes on Screen and Ancient Greece Post-9/11

Ancient (Anti)Heroes on Screen and Ancient Greece Post-9/11

13 Ancient (Anti)Heroes on Screen and Ancient Greece Post-9/11
Epic Heroes on Screen

Vincent Tomasso

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at how 9/11 has altered our engagement with classical antiquity. The author examines how the heroes of ancient Greece became antiheroes on screen in a post 9/11 world and how at this time period engagement with figures such as Alexander, Leonidas, and Perseus moved away from the behaviors seen in their earlier onscreen counterparts, and how films such as 300, Clash of the Titans, and Alexander, while set in antiquity, provide the distance for audiences to explore issues raised by 9/11. At the same time, the depiction of these new antiheroes reflect a revised approach on screen to the representation of mythical thinking (elements of magic, religion, myth-aspects of ancient Greece that were central to pop culture depictions) that came into question along with the destabilization of American identity.

Keywords:   Heroism, antiheroism, American identity, 300, Clash of the Titans, Alexander, 9/11

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