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Spectacles of death in ancient Rome

Author: Donald G Kyle
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Spectacles in Death in Ancient Rome is a provocative, detailed and sometimes controversial work which raises fundamental questions about the role of ritualized violence in Roman and other societies.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald G Kyle
ISBN: 0415096782 9780415096782 0415248426 9780415248426
OCLC Number: 37890477
Description: xii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Violent spectacles and Roman civilization, Ancient and modern attitudes ; Interpretations of Roman violence and spectacles ; Somatics and necrology: the problem of disposal --
The phenomenon : the development and diversity of Roman spectacles of death. Festivals, punishments, celebrations, and games ; Munera: rites and spectacles ; Late republic: power, proscriptions, and multi-dimensional spectacles ; Spectacular punishments: summa supplicia and 'fatal charades' --
The victims : differentiation, status, and supply. The body count ; Gladiators and beast-fighters: infamy, virtue, and ambivalence ; Noxii: the doomed and the damned ; Law and the arena: demand and supply ; Rituals and resources --
Death, disposal, and damnation of humans : some methods and messages. Roman death: rites and rights, hierarchy and the hereafter ; Death as a spectacle in some other pre-modern societies --
Disposal from Roman arenas : some rituals and options. Rituals of death and removal ; Some options : burial, pits, exposure, crucifixion, fire --
Arenas and eating : corpses and carcasses as food?. Ad bestias, consumption or abuse? ; Hunting, games, and game ; Spectacles and food : spectators and scrambles ; Addendum : America --
Rituals, spectacles, and the Tiber River. Water : punishment and purgation ; Executions and riots in the Forum ; Political violence and disposal by water ; Commodus the gladiator --
Christians : persecutions and disposal. Persecutions : passions, procedures, spectacles, and disposal ; Lyons and disposal by water ; Relics and resurrection --
Hunts and homicides as spectacles of death.
Responsibility: Donald G. Kyle.
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