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Julius Caesar's masculinities: between ancient and media receptions

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Victor Henrique da Silva Menezes
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: Campinas, SP.
Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas
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Examining board members:
Andre Leonardo Chevitarese; Pedro Paulo Abreu Funari; Daniel Brasil Justi
Advisor: Andre Leonardo Chevitarese

By making use from the poems of Catullus, the works of biographer Suetonius, the film Cleopatra (1963) and TV series Spartacus (2010 - 2013), this research analyzes the discourses construed in Antiquity about the masculinity of the Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar (c. 100 - 44 BC) and compares them to their receptions in North American cinema and TV productions. The research explores firstly how the classical authors treated the rumors surrounding the general's potentially improper sexual practices and breaches in the masculinity protocols of the Roman World. Next, it has studied how films and TV series re-signified their sexual practices and signs of masculinity. Aware of the vast gamut of classical references about Caesar, this research will focus specifically on the main ancient authors that wrote and discussed at length about Caesar's masculinity and productions elaborated or financed by the North American film and television industry, which had great critical success or public. By considering the relationship between Ancient History, Cinema and Television as a thriving field for studying the new meanings assigned to characters and events from antiquity, both cinema and TV are to be taken here as valid sources - their contextual differences respected. The theoretical approaches adopted derive from the concepts associated with discursive constructions and the uses and representations of the past, which fall within the field of Cultural History (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/03820-4 - Julius Caesar's virilities: between ancient and media representations
Grantee:Victor Henrique da Silva Menezes
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master