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TV antiquity: Swords, sandals, blood and sand

Sylvie Magerstädt


TV antiquity explores representations of ancient Greece and Rome throughout television history. It is the first comprehensive overview of the genre in television. More specifically, the author argues that serial television set in antiquity offers a perspective on the ancient world quite distinct from their cinematic counterparts. The book traces the historic development of fictional representations of antiquity from the staged black-and-white shows of the 1950s and 60s to the most recent digital spectacles. A key argument explored throughout the book is that the structure of serial television ... More

Keywords: Serial television, Television antiquity, Television history, Sword and sandal, Narrative complexity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781784995324
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784995324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sylvie Magerstädt, author
Principal Lecturer in Media Cultures at the University of Hertfordshire