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Roman Games Historical Sources in Translation

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ISBN-10: 1405115696

ISBN-13: 9781405115698

Edition: 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Alison Futrell

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This sourcebook presents a wealth of material relating to every aspect of Roman spectacles, especially gladiatorial combat and chariot racing. Draws on the words of eye-witnesses and participants, as well as depictions of the games in mosaics and other works of art. Offers snapshots of "a day at the games" and "the life of a gladiator". Includes numerous illustrations. Covers chariot-races, water pageants, naval battles and wild animal fights, as well as gladiatorial combat. Combines political, social, religious and archaeological perspectives. Facilitates an in-depth understanding of this important feature of ancient life.
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Book details

List price: $53.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.80" wide x 9.70" long x 0.85" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The Politics of the Arena
Origin and Growth of Games
Games and the Roman state
Origins of gladiatorial combat
Origins of wild animal shows
Roman spectacle overseas
Spectacle and Roman Politics
Politics and shows
Shows as political assembly
Imperial Spectacle
Ordinary spectacle
The emperor and the arena
The emperor and political spectacle
Gladiators outside Rome
The Venue
Republican Arenas
Temporary structures in Rome
Disaster and control
The Colosseum
Military amphitheaters
Special features
Features of the Circus Maximus
Circus as cosmos
Stratification and Seating
A Day at the Games
Preparation and Pompa
The armatures
The combats
Good Spectacles vs. Bad Spectacles
The Other Show: Audiences at the Games
Dangerous games
Special treats
Food, spectacular food
Inaugural Games at the Flavian Amphitheater
Commodus' Games
Tainted by the Crowd
The Life of the Gladiator
Where Did Gladiators Come From?
Prisoners of war
Condemned criminals
Slave gladiators and the Spartacan war
Gladiators and status
Free gladiators
Choosing gladiatorial status
Life in the Ludi
Death or Survival
Sexy Gladiators
Death and Choice
Gladiator Familiae
Female Performers: Gladiatrices and Ludia
Crimes of Status: Elites in the Arena
Imperial Gladiators
Christians and the Arena
Rome and the Christians: The Official Relationship
The Neronian persecution
Trajan's policy
Christian Denunciation of the Arena
The Arena and Christian Identity
Martyr Acts
Christian Rome and the Arena
Chariot Races and Water Shows
Chariot Races
The events
The horses
The colors
Circus fans
Emperors as fans
Fan clubs and unrest
The Nika revolt
Water Shows
Timeline of Roman History
Glossary of Terms and Names
Suggestions for Further Reading