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Cinematic Greek Gods in Contemporary Settings with Jon Solomon
October 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
When the ancient Greek gods appear in popular movies and television, how do filmmakers recreate them? How do they re-envision their size and image? Which gods do they portray? And what roles do they play, especially in the modern technologically advanced Christian world? Come spend an hour with Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite, and the other Olympians as they come to life before your eyes.
Jon Solomon, Dept. of the Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the Robert D. Novak Professor of Western Civilization & Culture. He works on the classical tradition in literature, opera, and cinema. His books include Ptolemy’s Harmonics (Brill), The Ancient World in the Cinema2 (Yale), Up the University, Ancient Worlds in Film and Television (Brill), and The Complete Three Stooges. Most recently: Volumes I & II of Boccaccio’s Genealogy of the Pagan Gods (I Tatti) and Ben-Hur: The Original Blockbuster.
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