Classical Literature in the Movies

Over the last couple of years, I’ve developed an interest in classical literature. Many of the stories I’ve known about for much of my life (Homer’s epics Iliad and Odyssey, Plato’s Republic, et al), but I never really cared about nor appreciated them until more recently. I’m fascinated by the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome and I happen to love epic movies, so I wonder–what are the best ancient stories/classics that have been made into film?

I remember seeing some movies of this sort when I was a kid, but film production has come a long way since then. Surely some of those stories have been made more recently?! I saw that The Odyssey was made back in the 90s, so that might be ok, but who wouldn’t love to see both of Homer’s epics done by Peter Jackson Lord-of-the-Rings style?!? Now that would be, to put it in the well-worn youngster vernacular, epic! (see what I did there?)

Let me know what I’m missing!

Αυτω η δοξα

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4 thoughts on “Classical Literature in the Movies

  1. Quite a few classical stories have been made into movies. There are at least two different versions of Jason and the Argonauts, and two versions of Clash of the Titans. There are the movies Troy and Helen of Troy. The Legend of Hercules came out in theaters last year. Naturally, Hollywood takes a lot of liberties with the stories.

  2. Have you seen the trilogy that began with Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington? I’ve only seen the first one, but they’re recent and a bit Lord of the Rings-ish. The first is about Perseus’ rage against the gods.

  3. Brian: I thought I’d seen somewhere that Jason and the Argonauts had been made, but I wasn’t sure. I haven’t seen Clash of the Titans, though I heard the recent version was pretty bad. I’ve seen Troy and it was pretty good, but I haven’t seen Helen of Troy. I’ll definitely check those out. And yes, Hollywood is known to take considerable liberties with movies based on books!

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