A hero is only as impressive as his story. Achilles or Odysseus would be less compelling without Homer's magnificent poetry. This presentation will focus on three major cinematic narratives—Ben-Hur, Spartacus, and Gladiator—and attempt to elucidate why they are successful in engaging their audience and portraying the heroic image while other more recent attempts—Troy and Alexander—fall short of the ideal.
About Programs at the Ancient Art Council
Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
September 30, 2006 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Ancient Hero in Film
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by Dr. Pamela Vaughn Professor of Classics and Associate Dean, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, San Francisco State University
Free/AAC members, $5/general, and $3/stduents after museum admission