Fall 2019 HC 221H: Cinematic Representations of the Ancient and Pre-Modern World

Fall 2019-2020

Professor: Stephen Rust

4.00 credits

  • CRN 12756: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:50 @ CON 301
  • CRN 17242: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 - 15:50 @ GSH 130

Motion pictures are a decidedly modern invention; however, as with all forms of art many filmmakers have used this modern technology to imagine and re-imagine the lives of ancient peoples.  Through the combination of screenwriting, production design, acting, cinematography, sound, and editing, movies offer both filmmakers and viewers a uniquely powerful tool for “looking” to the past to reflect on the present.  This course surveys a range of films from across the globe that portray the ancient and premodern world. Students will research the people and places represented in these films and read primary texts from and about those eras to contextualize and analyze each film’s portrayal of history.