The Importance of Popular Culture
Representations of Antiquity in Film - From Griffith to Grindhouse - Kevin M. McGeough
Kevin M. McGeough [+]
University of Lethbridge
Kevin M. McGeough is professor of archaeology in the Department of Geography at the University of Lethbridge and holds a Board of Governor’s Research Chair in Archaeological Theory and Reception. Having excavated in Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, and Canada, he is the co-editor of the Alberta Archaeological Review and chair of publications for the American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR). He is currently researching the reception of Near Eastern Archaeology in a variety of media and has recently published a three-volume book on archaeological reception in the Victorian era, The Ancient Near East in the Nineteenth Century (2015).
The book opens with a discussion of why representations of film matter, why they matter to film scholars, why they matter to historians, biblical scholars, classicists, and archaeologists, and why they matter to the public that watches them. It also provides some orientation regarding how films create meaning and how the stories and other elements of movie are and can be interpreted. Some of the key themes in the representation of Egypt, the Near East, the biblical world, Greece, and Rome are introduced.