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Screening the Golden Ages of the Classical Tradition

Meredith Safran


Screening the Golden Ages of the Classical Tradition explores how films and television programs have engaged with one of the most powerful myths in the Western classical tradition: that humans once lived under ideal conditions, as defined by proximity to the divine. We feel nostalgia for this imagined origin, regret at being born too late to enjoy it, and worry over why we lost it. We seek to recover that “golden age” by religious piety—or, by technological innovation, try to create our own utopia. The breach between this imagined world and lived reality renders these mythical constructs as po ... More

Keywords: golden age, Western classical tradition, screen-texts (film and television), nostalgia, origins, divinity, loss and hope of recovery, utopia, belatedness, technology

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474440844
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meredith Safran, editor
Trinity College

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