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Play It Forward: Ancient Greece and Rome in Digital Games

Lowe, Dunstan (2020) Play It Forward: Ancient Greece and Rome in Digital Games. Omnibus, . (In press) (KAR id:94065)

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Abstract

Things move fast in digital gaming. One of the best-selling English translations of Homer’s Odyssey is by Robert Fitzgerald, which after sixty years in print has sold over three million copies. Ubisoft’s game with a title borrowed from Homer, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (which is actually set during the war between Sparta and Athens) took just eighteen months to sell over ten million copies. Their previous Assassin’s Creed game, Origins (2017), is set in the Egypt of Caesar and Cleopatra and has also sold ten million copies. Numbers like these suggest that of all the people alive today with an interest in ancient Greece or Rome, thousands—perhaps millions—first encountered them through the work of game developers like Ubisoft. This trend is set to continue.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Greece, Rome, Ancient History, Greek myth, mythology, videogames, video games, digital games, Fortnite, Overwatch, Minecraft, Hades, reception studies, outreach
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Greco-Roman World
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High school teaching
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Dunstan Lowe
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2022 10:32 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 13:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/94065 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lowe, Dunstan: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7664-4027
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