Gladiators and Caesars: The Power of Spectacle in Ancient Rome
Desgined to accompany a major new international exhibition, this book tackles the politics behind the great if bloodthirsty spectacle of Games such as gladiatorial combats, athletics and chariot racing and the Theatre in Ancient Rome. The authors examine the social and political roles occupied by all types of performance as they became increasingly secularized; they also look at the buildings in which they took place, the equipment used and the prestige involved for participants and actors. With particular reference to the Roman festival calendar and the origins and development of the Games, Gladiators and Caesars is a welcome and thorough exploration of the relationship between politics and entertainment and the role of the audience. Concluding with a timely comparison of Games then and now, this book should appeal to experts, students and the interested public alike.
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LibraryThing ReviewՀաճախորդի կարծիքը - Poleaxe - LibraryThing
Decent book for one of those giant coffee-table types. Good general info about the games and some very good illustrations of the art and artifacts. Read full review