Nero the Nazi and Akhenaten the Lutheran: The Presentism of the Ancient World on Film

From Griffith to Grindhouse - Representations of Antiquity in Film - 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. Having excavated in Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt, he is the editor of The Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research. 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).

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The second and third chapters deal with the kinds of arguments about the present that are embedded in historical fiction presented on film. Chapter two is most concerned with politics and statecraft, exploring how messages about fascism, communism, Christianity and McCarthysim have been presented, both overtly and covertly, intentionally and unintentionally.

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McGeough, Kevin. Nero the Nazi and Akhenaten the Lutheran: The Presentism of the Ancient World on Film. From Griffith to Grindhouse - Representations of Antiquity in Film. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2022. ISBN 9781781799819. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39762. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39762. Oct 2022

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