Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome

Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome
Author : Donald G. Kyle
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 304
Release : 2012-11-12
ISBN 10 : 9781134862719
ISBN 13 : 1134862717
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome Book Description:

The elaborate and inventive slaughter of humans and animals in the arena fed an insatiable desire for violent spectacle among the Roman people. Donald G. Kyle combines the words of ancient authors with current scholarly research and cross-cultural perspectives, as he explores * the origins and historical development of the games * who the victims were and why they were chosen * how the Romans disposed of the thousands of resulting corpses * the complex religious and ritual aspects of institutionalised violence * the particularly savage treatment given to defiant Christians. This lively and original work provides compelling, sometimes controversial, perspectives on the bloody entertainments of ancient Rome, which continue to fascinate us to this day.


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