Published on December 18, 2013 by Carol
Book title: Classics in the Modern World: A Democratic Turn? (Classical Presences)
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Editor: Lorna Hardwick, Stephen Harrison
Classics in the Modern World brings together a collection of distinguished international contributors to discuss the features and implications of a “democratic turn” in modern perceptions of ancient Greece and Rome. It examines how Greek and Roman material has been involved with issues of democracy, both in political culture and in the greater diffusion of classics in recent times outside the elite classes.
By looking at individual case studies from theatre, film, fiction, TV, radio, museums, and popular media, and through area studies that consider trends over time in particular societies, the volume explores the relationship between Greek and Roman ways of thinking and modern definitions of democratic practices and approaches, enabling a wider re-evaluation of the role of ancient Greece and Rome in the modern world.