Scene from the movie, Troy, loosely based on Homer’s Iliad.
A classics professor is haunted by the co-optation of his discipline by the so-called "alt-right," toxic masculinity and other self-styled “defenders of Western civilization.”
Gil Birmingham (Cory) and Jeremy Renner (Martin) in Wind River: grieving fathers who come together in the realm of the dead.
Production Co: Acacia Filmed Entertainment, Film 44, Ingenious Media
American cinema mines Greek myth most strongly at times of profound social anxiety. In the age of Trump, we are already seeing key political battlegrounds framed as underworld quests in film.
Odysseus and his crew escape the cyclops, as painted by Arnold Böcklin in 1896.
The story of the Odyssey is a quintessential quest that relates to the passage through life and the importance of love, family and home. Odysseus's adventures have influenced everyone from Batman to Bob Dylan.
The Greeks defend their ships from the Trojans in Alfred Churchill’s Story of the Iliad, 1911.
A central idea in the Iliad - a poetic work focused on the war for Troy - is the inevitability of death. The poem held a special place in antiquity, and has resonated in the millennia since.
Broken hearts: Helen and Menelaus on a vase, Louvre.
For over 2,800 years, audiences have grappled with the destructive powers of Helen of Troy – and the toxic legacy lives on.
The heroes of the Iliad … or the Labour front bench?
The House of Commons' remarkable debate over air strikes really was a spectacle of heroic proportions.
National Theatre of Wales
Classical epic can seem particularly alien in the instant gratification culture of Instagram and Twitter, yet there's a surge of interest in them.
An Iliad, currently playing at the Adelaide Festival is an intelligent adaptation of Homer’s classic – and a work of consumate compression.
Joan Marcus/Adelaide Festival
At the heart of the Homer’s Coat production of An Iliad, currently playing at the Adelaide Festival, is that most of Homeric of things, a list. In a narrative compression as consummate as any in the epic…