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"These essays—all clearly written and accessible to wide audiences—will thus provide invaluable supporting material for teachers of 'classics and film'. The breadth of the contributions and their willingness to provide a good level of background information are ... indications of this volume's usefulness to students." (The Classical Review, 2008)

"Winkler’s attractive collection of thirteen essays explores a little of the current state of research on the non-cinematic Troy, but focuses primarily on the film’s various achievements.... Winkler’s engaging essay on ‘The Iliad and the Cinema’ turns reception-study on its head and reads several scenes from Homer through the lens of film studies; Winkler’s annotated filmography of the Trojan war, along with his wide-ranging and passionate introduction, will be essential research material for scholars exploring Troy – or just the original Windy City." (Journal of Hellenic Studies, February 2009)

"Classics and film is a staple of university curricula; it has become respectable, in large part thanks to Winkler's own persistent dedication ... Certainly [the book's] roster of contributors is aptly chosen for philological and ... archaeological strength-in-depth ... All of us working in the subject area will need to familiarize ourselves with the volume's contents ... We will be seeing a lot of this material in student essays and dissertations from here on in ... A strong and appealingly diverse field of essays ... adventurous in scope and very well informed. It will inspire students and professionals alike to fresh explorations." (Arion)

"Any reader interested in understanding the relationship between the Homeric texts and this film will profit greatly from this collection… I would even highly recommend this collection to readers of Homer with little interest in contemporary film. [Such] insights should encourage the reader to look at the Homeric texts with a new perspective." (New England Classical Journal)

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“A well-elaborated study of the impact Troy has had on philological and other circles.”
Anthony Makrinos, Greek and Latin Department, University College

"A fascinating collection of highly-readable essays by prominent film scholars and ancient historians, covering topics all the way from the place of ancient literature in modern film to the archaeology of the actual ancient Troy, to the politics of the new Petersen movie — and the politics of a historian advising a Hollywood film. Highly recommended."
Arthur M. Eckstein, University of Maryland

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (July 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405131829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405131827
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,261,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TT on November 20, 2010
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This is an excellent book to pick up if you want to analyze the 2004 blockbuster film TROY. If you're the type to defend the movie for its 'realistic' change, then this is recommended for you. There is plenty of interesting essays that compares the film to Homer's epic poem. The book points out facts that people probably wouldn't have noticed (ex. Briseis/Cassandra/Polyxena) and why we should appreciate the film.
Book 5/5
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Broadaway on July 9, 2007
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INteresting group of essays looking at the movie and the legend that inspired it. My favorite was on Briseis and all the aspects of her personality that were really Cassandra!
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