Cruelty and Civilization: The Roman Games

Cruelty and Civilization: The Roman Games

by Roland Auguet
     
 

ISBN-10: 041510453X

ISBN-13: 9780415104531

Pub. Date: 06/28/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Roland Auguet examines the Roman taste for blood and considers what the games, that strange combination of Cruelty and Civilization, reveal about the Roman mentality. He shows how the great spectacles became a part of city life - they were awaited with impatience, everyone discussed them, some applauded the action in the arena, while others booed frantically

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Roland Auguet examines the Roman taste for blood and considers what the games, that strange combination of Cruelty and Civilization, reveal about the Roman mentality. He shows how the great spectacles became a part of city life - they were awaited with impatience, everyone discussed them, some applauded the action in the arena, while others booed frantically.
This book provides an exciting history of gladiators, chariot racing and other games as well as an investigation of their function and significance within society. It is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the Romans' violent form of entertainment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415104531
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface7
Introduction: Roman Cruelty13
IFrom Rite to Spectacle: the Gladiatorial Combats19
IIIn the Arena46
IIIThe Hunts of the Amphitheatre81
IVPurveyors to the Carnage107
VChariot Races, Stables and Factions120
VIThe Reign of the Star149
VIIA Civilization Based on the Games184
VIIIThe Ruins of the Circuses and Amphitheatres200
Short Glossary211
Index217

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