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Cruelty and civilization : the Roman games

Author: Roland Auguet
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, [1994] ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The great spectacles of ancient Rome were not merely casual entertainment, a matter of choice for the audience, like the modern theatre. Under the Empire, the games became a public opiate and gave the daily life of Rome its rhythm and lustre. From one year to the next, the Roman citizens lived in anticipation of the games; they provided excitement and helped the citizens forget the mediocrity of their own condition  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roland Auguet
ISBN: 0415104521 9780415104524 041510453X 9780415104531 0049370030 9780049370036
OCLC Number: 31329439
Language Note: Translation of: Cruauté et civilization.
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 222 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction: Roman cruelty --
From rite to spectacle: the Gladiatorial combats --
In the arena --
The hunts of the amphitheatre --
Purveyors to the carnage --
Chariot races, stables and factions --
The reign of the star --
A civilization based on the games --
The ruins of the circuses and amphitheatres --
Short glossary --
Index.
Other Titles: Cruauté et civilisation.
Responsibility: Roland Auguet.
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Argues that the great spectacles of Ancient Rome were not merely casual entertainment, but a public opiate. This study analyzes the emotions of the crowd and the motives of the rulers to explain why  Read more...

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