Whither Quo Vadis?: Sienkiewicz's Novel in Film and Television

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Dezember 2008



* An examination of Sienkiewicz's famous novel about Ancient Rome, Quo Vadis? and the five film adaptations that the book has spawned * Looks at how the different film versions interpret, select from, and modify the novel and the ancient sources on which it is based, adapting it to contemporary social and political pressures and to the particular artistic and commercial goals of each production * Offers an exceptionally clear view of how films have presented ancient Rome and how modern conditions determine its reception


1. Novel and Film.
2. Adapting the narrative.
Sienkiewicz' Novel: adapting the story.
Focalizers, Judgments, and Petronius.
Petronius as focal character.
Seeing and Mapping Rome.
3. Gender and Ethnicity.
Marcus and Lygia.
Petronius and Eunice.
Gender Roles in Public and Private Life.
Ethnicity and Gender Roles in the 1985 Version.
Adaptations in the 2001 Version.
4. Political Institutions, Political Subtexts.
The Complex Allusions of the 1985 Miniseries.
Foreign Policy in the Films.
The Military in the 1951 Version.
The Arrival of Galba.
5. The Roman People.
6. Religion and Religious Authority in Quo Vadis?.
Christianity: Ritual, Theology, and Conflict in Sienkiewicz' Novel.
The Representation of the Scriptures.
Radicals: Crispus.
Mainstream Christianity: Peter and Paul.
7. Conclusions.
8. Exkursus: Chilo's Mother: A Peculiarity of the German Translations of Quo Vadis?.
Synopsis of the Novel and the Film Versions of Quo vadis.
Works Cited.
Index of ancient sources.
Index of names.
Index of things


Ruth Scodel is D. R. Shackleton Bailey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Listening to Homer (2002) and Epic Facework: Self-Presentation and Social Interaction in Homer (2008). Anja Bettenworth is Assistant Professor of Latin at the University of Munster. She is the author of Gastmahlszenen in der antiken Epik von Homer bis Claudian. Diachrone Untersuchungen zur Szenentypik (2004).


"Recommended [to] all readers." ( CHOICE , March 2010) "There is much to admire in this book. It has a clear focus and a good set of questions. It knows its way round the five films and around the classical sources, and is prepared to look at broader issues in relation to the close reading of the films." ( Bryn Mawr Classical Review , March 2009)
EAN: 9781405183857
ISBN: 1405183853
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2008
Seitenanzahl: 292 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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