The History of Celebrity Gossip From 'The Iliad' To 'Us Weekly'

12/27/2010 07:43 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The Atlantic

In Tom Payne's new book FAME: What the Classics Tell Us About Our Cult of Celebrity, he makes the argument that this kind of celebrity worship is anything but new. From Greek and Roman mythology to the tales of Dr. Faustus, Marie Antoinette, and the Christian martyrs, Payne shows how humans have been obsessed with fame and stardom throughout civilization.

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