The Story of the Roman Amphitheatre

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 276 pages
The Roman amphitheatre was a site both of bloody combat and marvellous spectacle, symbolic of the might of Empire; to understand the importance of the amphitheatre is to understand a key element in the social and political life of the Roman ruling classes.
Generously illustrated with 141 plans and photographs, The Story of the Roman Amphitheatre offers a comprehensive picture of the origins, development, and eventual decline of the most typical and evocative of Roman monuments.
With a detailed examination of the Colosseum, as well as case studies of significant sites from Italy, Gaul, Spain and Roman North Africa, the book is a fascinating gazetteer for the general reader as well as a valuable tool for students and academics.
 

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Contents

The Colosseum
xix
The origins and early development of the amphitheatre
30
Imperial amphitheatres
59
The North African amphitheatres
119
Endings and new beginnings
195
Appendix
226
Notes
230
Select bibliography
258
Index
263
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