Cruelty and Civilization: The Roman Games [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Cruelty and Civilization: The Roman Games

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135093433
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 246
  • File size: 7 MB

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction: Roman Cruelty 13
I From Rite to Spectacle: the Gladiatorial Combats 19
II In the Arena 46
III The Hunts of the Amphitheatre 81
IV Purveyors to the Carnage 107
V Chariot Races, Stables and Factions 120
VI The Reign of the Star 149
VII A Civilization Based on the Games 184
VIII The Ruins of the Circuses and Amphitheatres 200
Short Glossary 211
Index 217
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2000

    Great Basic Knowledge about Roman Games

    This book is a great source if you want to quickly learn more about Roman 'Games', from the different types of gladiator and their weapons and equipment, to how they obtained and used wild animals, to the chariot races so made famous by Ben Hur. The author uses a lot of contemporary accounts from Roman historians such as Sutonious and Tacitus, and provides a ton of details, from the history of the games, how they evolved, and very detailed information about each of the different games themselves. Ex: What games where given in the morning, midday, and afternoon? How were the bodies of killed gladiators handled? What wild animals did they match against each other? What weapons did the 'bestiari' use ( i.e. gladiators that specialized in confronting lions , etc. ) It is a book well worth your money if you want to inmerce yourself in this particular aspect of ancient Rome.

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