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Cruelty and Civilization: The Roman Games
     

Cruelty and Civilization: The Roman Games

by Roland Auguet
 

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Cruelty and Civilization offers an in-depth look at the Roman games as a force vital to the functioning of the empire. Gladiatorial combats, chariot races and other spectacles were a kind of public opiate for the citizens of Ancient Rome, giving rhythm and excitement to daily life. From one year to the next, the Roman citizen lived in anticipation of the games

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Cruelty and Civilization offers an in-depth look at the Roman games as a force vital to the functioning of the empire. Gladiatorial combats, chariot races and other spectacles were a kind of public opiate for the citizens of Ancient Rome, giving rhythm and excitement to daily life. From one year to the next, the Roman citizen lived in anticipation of the games; through them he was able to forget the mediocrity of his own condition as well as his political enslavement. The most minutely organized productions were staged at vast expense, and Rome developed cults for arena champions, who were simultaneously idols and outcasts doomed to a bloody death. Roland Auguet not only reconstructs in detail the conduct of these spectacles (gladiatorial combats, the sacrifice of prisoners to wild beasts, the chariot races, the combats between beasts or man and beast), but also analyzes the feelings of the crowd, the calculations of its rulers and why these games dominated the life of the city.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760709276
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
08/15/1998
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.90(d)

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