What is the course about?
Pompeii in Silent Cinema with Maria Wyke, UCL.
What will we cover?
Lecture: Pompeii in silent cinema with Maria Wyke, UCL
A series of silent films were made about the last days of Pompeii from the 1900s to the 1920s. They inserted themselves into the dense network of receptions of the ancient city, evoking the novel of Bulwer-Lytton and the paintings of Alma Tadema in their reconstruction of the elegant homes and leisured domestic lives of the fictional characters Glaucus and his beloved Ione. Yet the various emphases placed in these films, through photographic realism, on the site of the excavations and on the eruption of Vesuvius work to democratise Pompeii for a national, Italian audience. The films focus on a blind slave girl and the city’s masses. It is through her suffering and their terror that we experience the destruction of the city.
Maria Wyke is Professor and Chair of Latin at UCL. She has written about Cleopatra (in The Roman Mistress: Ancient and Modern Representations, 2002). Most recently, her research has concerned the reception of Julius Caesar in the modern world (Caesar: A Life in Western Culture, 2007; Caesar in the USA, 2013) and representations of antiquity in silent cinema (co-editing with P. Michelakis, The Ancient World in Silent Cinema, 2013).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate some knowledge and appreciation of the topic presented by the speaker.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to all levels. You need no prior knowledge of Classical languages or history - just bring your curiosity….
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a lecture led by the speaker. There will be an opportunity at the end to ask questions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No costs involved. You may want to bring a pen and paper - or electronic equivalent.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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