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Screening Love and Sex in the Ancient World Hardcover – February 6, 2013

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"Cyrino has gathered 16 original and entertaining essays by leading international film scholars and classicists exploring how images of a dissolute Rome, as well as of alternative sexualities (especially homoerotic) in ancient Greece, have influenced modern films and TV series . . . Film buffs, fans of the classics, and anyone interested in ideologies of love and sex will find much to enjoy in this well-edited volume. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above." - CHOICE
"For Screening Love and Sex in the Ancient World Monica S. Cyrino has assembled an impressive cast out of academia's galaxy of A-list stars and promising young starlets: all of them write with flair, clarity and, above all, passion for their chosen subjects. And what subjects they are! Hesiod and Homer rub shoulders with Pocahontas and Colin Farrell. Here you'll find a veritable bacchanal of banquets, blood-sports, nymphomaniacs, muscle-men, belly-dancers, and sexual perversions galore – the stuff that has made generations of cinema and television producers, directors, and designers turn to antiquity for inspiration. This is a bold and dazzling collection of cutting-edge scholarship and a major contribution to the current state of play in reception studies; it cannot afford to be missed by anyone with an interest in the transmission of antiquity into modern culture." - Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Edinburgh, UK and Author of Designs on the Past: How Hollywood Created the Ancient World

"For a century and more, the ancient world has been the film-makers' favorite playground for sex and passion on an epic scale - but when we glut ourselves on its orgies ('Bring on the dancing girls!'), what are we really looking at? Monica S. Cyrino has put together an accessible and lively collection of essays which collectively re-energize 'film philology' and take it into new territories, tracing the cinematic uses of ancient literature, myth, and history - all the while recognizing that once love and sex are in play, the borders between these traditional categories are quick to crumble. Whether tackling classical resonances in pulp noir or the complex Nachleben of Cleopatra's snake bra, unpacking Odyssean echoes in period drama or discovering a Sapphic Pocahontas, her contributors - a mix of up-and-coming stars and experienced performers - deliver excitement and detail in equal measure." - Gideon Nisbet, Lecturer, Classics, University of Birmingham, UK and Author of Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture

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Monica S. Cyrino is a professor of Classics at the University of New Mexico. Her academic research centers on the erotic in ancient Greek poetry, and the reception of the ancient world on screen. She is the author of Aphrodite (2010), A Journey through Greek Mythology (2008), Big Screen Rome (2005), In Pandora's Jar: Lovesickness in Early Greek Poetry (1995), and the editor of Rome, Season One: History Makes Television (2008). She has published numerous articles and book chapters and often gives lectures around the world on the representation of classical antiquity on film and television. She has served as an academic consultant on several recent film and television productions.

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Monica Cyrino is Professor of Classics at the University of New Mexico. Monica's academic research centers on the erotic in ancient Greek poetry and representation of the ancient world in contemporary film and television. Monica is an enthusiastic teacher, writer and traveler who leads seminars and gives keynote presentations throughout the world on reception of antiquity in modern media. Monica has served as an academic consultant on several recent film and television productions. Born in Brasil, raised in Huntington Beach and educated at Berkeley and Yale, Monica is an enthusiastic Dodgers fan and Anglophile.

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