Cruelty and Civilization: Roman Games (Hardback)
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Short Description for Cruelty and Civilization Argues that the great spectacles of Ancient Rome were not merely casual entertainment, but a public opiate. This study analyzes the emotions of the crowd and the motives of the rulers to explain why the games were so important in the life of the city.
- Published: 03 June 1994
- Format: Hardback 224 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415104524 ISBN 10: 0415104521
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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.