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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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The spectacle of death, exemplified by the games in the Colosseum in Rome and other coliseums, effected Roman civilization and culture by introducing death as sport and entertainment. Death games led to institutionalized violence and a savage industry that produced economic gains by profiting from murder and mayhem.
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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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