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Film Adaptation and Translation
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The literature of ancient Greece has long been a source of inspiration for filmmakers, and has been adapted for the screen in a variety of different ways. Although popular judgments may focus on a film’s perceived fidelity to an ancient text, there are many problems associated with this concept, just as there are in the process of linguistic translation from ancient Greek; as such, adaptation and translation may usefully be seen as analogous processes. Films such as Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris (1963) and Pasolini’s works based on G…

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Joanna Paul, “Film Adaptation and Translation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000132>
First published online: 2013

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