Classical Narratives and Popular Forms: Constructing the Past through Television Drama and Digital Games

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Rebecca Ferguson
18 May 2016

Sian Beavers

History is a narrative construction, and with every historical form there is a selection and assemblage of facts. Popular media, such as historical or digital games, afford historical narratives to be constructed in new and exciting ways, allowing unique engagements with the past that textual histories cannot, by their very nature, provide. Rather than criticising these different modes of representation for what they lack, we should instead be investigating what opportunities these forms can differently offer their consumers. Through understanding how these histories are comparatively represented in these forms and thus how they are received, we can begin to understand how these media contribute to historical learning and popular understandings of the ancient world.

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