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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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Making Modern (Anti) Heroes, the Ancient Way

Making Modern (Anti) Heroes, the Ancient Way

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Epic Heroes on Screen

Alex McAuley

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter makes a connection between the laudatiofunebris, the funeral oration of ancient Rome, and the modern biopic. The author shows how biopics have the ability, like these ancient funeral speeches, to communicate the values of a society. However in this process, they have the capability to create not only heroes, but also antiheroes. The chapter shows how modern biopics use the Roman funeral speech to create new onscreen antiheroes that are of more appeal to audiences than their heroic counterparts. The chapter invites us to make a direct connection to the ancient world, seeing a similarity in the death practices of an ancient society and the way celebrities are currently memorialized in the public eye.

Keywords:   Death, laudatio funebris, biopics, Steve Jobs

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