The Conference

Keynote speakers:

Monica Cyrino, Pantelis Michelakis, Martin Winkler, Maria Wyke.

The resurgence of cinema’s interest in antiquity that was triggered by the release of Gladiator in 2000 shows no signs of abating. In 2010-11, many more ancient world films have been appearing on our screens (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief; Clash of the Titans; Agora; Centurion; The Eagle; not to mention the TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand). The public appetite for films that deal with ancient history and mythology apparently remains strong, and ‘classics and film’ courses have established themselves in universities worldwide, leading the way in the increasing prominence of reception studies within classics and ancient history. The time is ripe for reflection on these developments. This major international conference seeks to explore the directions that have been taken in a decade of moviemaking and scholarship, and to advance the field by concentrating on issues too often overlooked. We will be considering all aspects of ancient world films and television programmes made since 2000, but with a particular emphasis on the following issues:

  • The filmmaking process, including film design, editing, cinematography, music.
  • Marketing and publicity.
  • Assessing audience receptions.
  • Actors and stars.
  • Television and the ancient world, including documentaries.
  • Future directions in ‘classics and film’ scholarship.

We invite you to join us at our conference, and hope that you will find this website useful. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference organisers: Joanna Paul ( and Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (

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