Blood in the Arena: The Spectacle of Roman Power [NOOK Book]

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From the center of Imperial Rome to the farthest reaches of ancient Britain, Gaul, and Spain, amphitheaters marked the landscape of the Western Roman Empire. Built to bring Roman institutions and the spectacle of Roman power to conquered peoples, many still remain as witnesses to the extent and control of the empire.In this book, Alison Futrell explores the arena as a key social and political institution for binding Rome and its provinces. She begins with the origins of the gladiatorial contest and shows how it ...
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Overview

From the center of Imperial Rome to the farthest reaches of ancient Britain, Gaul, and Spain, amphitheaters marked the landscape of the Western Roman Empire. Built to bring Roman institutions and the spectacle of Roman power to conquered peoples, many still remain as witnesses to the extent and control of the empire.In this book, Alison Futrell explores the arena as a key social and political institution for binding Rome and its provinces. She begins with the origins of the gladiatorial contest and shows how it came to play an important role in restructuring Roman authority in the later Republic. She then traces the spread of amphitheaters across the Western Empire as a means of transmitting and maintaining Roman culture and control in the provinces.Futrell also examines the larger implications of the arena as a venue for the ritualized mass slaughter of human beings, showing how the gladiatorial contest took on both religious and political overtones. This wide-ranging study, which draws insights from archaeology and anthropology, as well as Classics, broadens our understanding of the gladiatorial contest and its place within the highly politicized cult practice of the Roman Empire.
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Classical World
. . . bring[s] fresh perspectives to the study of the Roman amphitheater, situating the Roman arena within a larger cross-cultural framework of human sacrifice and providing important insights into the psychological dimensions of these public spectacles for the Roman viewer.
Booknews
Futrell (Roman history, U. of Arizona) draws insights from archaeology, anthropology, and the classics to examine the place of the gladiatorial contest within the highly politicized cult practice of the Roman Empire. Beginning with the origins of the contest and the role it played in restructuring Roman authority in the later Republic, she traces the spread of amphitheaters across the Western Empire. Using cross-cultural comparisons, she discusses the larger implications of the arena as a venue with religious and political overtones for the ritualized mass slaughter of human beings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780292792401
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 16 MB
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Campanian Gladiators 11
Etruscan Gladiators 14
Origines Gladiatorum 18
Early Spectacle in Rome 19
The Late Republic: Spectacle and Political Manipulation 29
The Imperial Games 44
The Iberian Peninsula 55
Britannia 58
The Northeastern Frontier 62
The Galliae 66
Cult in the Amphitheater 77
Imperial Cult 79
Celtic Cult 93
Nemesis 110
The Early Builders 125
Builders during the Empire 130
Management 137
Labor 143
Military Amphitheaters 147
Technology 152
Tickets and Seating 161
Human Sacrifice in the Arena 169
Patterns of Human Sacrifice 170
Human Sacrifice in Rome 184
The Ideology of Human Sacrifice 203
Conclusion 211
App. I Amphitheaters and Central Place Theory 215
App. II Pliny in Bithynia 223
Notes 229
Bibliography 311
Index 329
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