Age of the Gladiators& Spectacle in Ancient...


Age of the Gladiators: Savagery & Spectacle in Ancient Rome

Book Details

Author  Rupert Matthews
Publisher  Diane Pub Co
Publication Date   January 1, 2003
ISBN  1422362655
Pages  240


The great spectacles of ancient Rome have become proverbial for their cruelty, bloodlust & glory. In the Arena, the games were savage & brutal. Gladiators fought each other to the death, wild animals were put to fight each other & criminals were executed by barbaric means. Military victories were marked when generals paraded through the city, the defeated were sacrificed to the gods & food & wine was offered free of charge on a lavish scale. Meanwhile the citizens received free bread to prevent hunger & the riots it could provoke. This book looks at these savage spectacles & traces the development from entertainment to hysterical obsession until their eventual decline & disappearance, & explains how they still have influence on contemporary life. Ill.

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