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    A study of the mythology, history, warfare, literature, art, archaeology and culture of ancient Greece and Rome in ancient literary and artistic evidence, and as depicted in movies and on television.

    Since the advent of motion-picture technology, filmmaking has drawn upon Classical history and recreated Classical myth to entertain modern audiences. Adapting to a new medium invariably involves changes to the original sources, though some changes result from the decision to focus upon different themes or characters, reflecting modern tastes and revealing our own cultural concerns. This paper examines the use of the original Classical material in modern cinema and television, from the 'sword-and-sandals' films of the 1950s to the digitally enhanced Hollywood blockbusters of the 2000s.

    About this paper

    Paper title The Classical World in the Movies
    Subject Classical Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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    (18 CLAS, GREK or LATN points) or 54 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
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    Teaching Arrangements
    Three 50-minute lectures, one film screening and one tutorial per week
    Internal assesment 40%
    Accessed online via eReserve
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking
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    Learning Outcomes
    In-depth knowledge of aspects of the Classical world and their interpretation in modern media


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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