Rewriting European history: national and transnational identities in Rome

Elliott, Andrew (2013) Rewriting European history: national and transnational identities in Rome. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 33 (4). pp. 576-593. ISSN 0143-9685

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2013.847653

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Abstract

.The HBO/BBC/Rai Italia co-production of the television series Rome depicts a turbulent period of Roman history in its transition from Republic to Empire, an era which produced a golden age of heroes (Caesar, Marc Antony, Cleopatra, Brutus) and offers a rich trove of ideas about the emergence of a nation which is integral to most European countries today. However, when it comes to analysing the series as a representation of a specifically national past, its multinational composition, its insistence on history as an accidental process, and its departure from earlier conventions in depicting the national past creates serious problems when trying to identify what Anthony D. Smith terms a ‘composite national mythology’. Rather than offering an easily identifiable mythology for any one nation, I argue that individual national differences have been eroded in favour of a generic, one-size-fits-all, transnational past.

Additional Information:Published online: 12 Nov 2013
Keywords:History, Nationalism, National identity, Rome (TV series), Reception, History on television
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V110 Ancient History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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Deposited On:10 Jun 2013 16:27

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