Abstract

This essay argues that one of modern Western culture’s most-watched film series, the Star Wars double trilogy, derives much of its meaning by tapping into the age-old discourse of political freedom versus dictatorial oppression, which is at the core of early imperial reimaginings of the Roman Republic. Yet George Lucas’s films reveal that the longed-for era of freedom was hardly that at all, just as the era of libertas longed for in the Roman Principate was similarly illusory, particularly for lower echelons of Roman society.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9234
Print ISSN
0009-8418
Pages
pp. 281-298
Launched on MUSE
2015-02-20
Open Access
No
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