Cruelty and Civilization: The Roman Games

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - History - 246 pages
Roland Auguet examines the Roman taste for blood and considers what the games, that strange combination of Cruelty and Civilization, reveal about the Roman mentality. He shows how the great spectacles became a part of city life - they were awaited with impatience, everyone discussed them, some applauded the action in the arena, while others booed frantically.
This book provides an exciting history of gladiators, chariot racing and other games as well as an investigation of their function and significance within society. It is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the Romans' violent form of entertainment.
 

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Contents

Roman Cruelty
13
the Gladiatorial Combats
19
II In the Arena
46
III The Hunts of the Amphitheatre
81
IV Purveyors to the Carnage
107
V Chariot Races Stables and Factions
120
VI The Reign of the Star
149
VII A Civilization Based on the Games
184
VIII The Ruins of the Circuses and Amphitheatres
200
Short Glossary
211
Index
217
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