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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.
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'Manages the rare feat of combining a detailed and up-to-date knowledge of scholarship on the subject with an accessible, highly readable, even gripping narrative.' - Phoenix

'Vivid, readable and packed with detail ... an enjoyable and essential work.' - Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415248426
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Approaching the Ancient World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,433,765
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
1 Introduction: violent spectacles and Roman civilization 1
2 The phenomenon: the development and diversity of Roman spectacles of death 34
3 The victims: differentiation, status, and supply 76
4 Death, disposal, and damnation of humans: some methods and messages 128
5 Disposal from Roman arenas: some rituals and options 155
6 Arenas and eating: corpses and carcasses as food? 184
7 Rituals, spectacles, and the Tiber River 213
8 Christians: persecutions and disposal 242
9 Conclusion: hunts and homicides as spectacles of death 265
References 272
Index 282
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