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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Classic in the Movies

About 700 film and television productions deal with the Greco-Roman antiquity, most of them dedicated to the Roman world. However, while in the “Roman” movies the subject derives from historic material, in the “Greek” ones it is rarely based on the history of the classic period, the fifth and fourth centuries BC. On the contrary, it is mostly subjects from the Greek mythology that have been filmed, which have also been used excessively in the theatrical repertoire of the very classic years. Consequently, “the classic in the movies” has to do first with mythological subjects elaborated during the classic era. and then with the projection of the classic era in the movies as a historic phenomenon.