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Sylvie Magerstädt

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781784995324

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784995324.001.0001

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what is the future of TV antiquity?

what is the future of TV antiquity?

(p.194) Conclusion: what is the future of TV antiquity?
TV antiquity

Sylvie Magerstädt

Manchester University Press

To conclude the exploration of sixty years of TV antiquity, this final section draws out some of the key aspects that run through the shows discussed in the book, such as the importance of serialisation and later syndication and collaboration in the development of TV antiquity; the new heroic ideal developed in these shows, combining domesticity and politics; and the marginalisation of religious practice in many of the programmes discussed. In addition, the conclusion also briefly examines the most recent shows such as Olympus (2015), Britannia (2017) and Troy: Fall of a City (2018) and suggests some of the possible directions for TV antiquity. Here, the most notable developments are a greater blend of history, myth and fantasy as well as the blurring of boundaries between documentary and fictional drama.

Keywords:   marginalisation of religion, myth and fantasy, Olympus, Troy: Fall of a City, Docu-drama

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