Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome / Edition 1

Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome / Edition 1

by Donald G. Kyle, G. Kyle Donald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415248426

ISBN-13: 9780415248426

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The elaborate and inventive slaughter of humans and animals in the arena fed an insatiable desire for violent spectacle among the Roman people. Donald G. Kyle combines the words of ancient authors with current scholarly research and cross-cultural perspectives, as he explores
* the origins and historical development of the games
* who the victims were and why…  See more details below

Overview

The elaborate and inventive slaughter of humans and animals in the arena fed an insatiable desire for violent spectacle among the Roman people. Donald G. Kyle combines the words of ancient authors with current scholarly research and cross-cultural perspectives, as he explores
* the origins and historical development of the games
* who the victims were and why they were chosen
* how the Romans disposed of the thousands of resulting corpses
* the complex religious and ritual aspects of institutionalised violence
* the particularly savage treatment given to defiant Christians.
This lively and original work provides compelling, sometimes controversial, perspectives on the bloody entertainments of ancient Rome, which continue to fascinate us to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415248426
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
Approaching the Ancient World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
1Introduction: violent spectacles and Roman civilization1
2The phenomenon: the development and diversity of Roman spectacles of death34
3The victims: differentiation, status, and supply76
4Death, disposal, and damnation of humans: some methods and messages128
5Disposal from Roman arenas: some rituals and options155
6Arenas and eating: corpses and carcasses as food?184
7Rituals, spectacles, and the Tiber River213
8Christians: persecutions and disposal242
9Conclusion: hunts and homicides as spectacles of death265
References272
Index282

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