Gladiators and Caesars: The Power of Spectacle in Ancient Rome (Paperback)
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Short Description for Gladiators and Caesars Tackling the politics behind the great if bloodthirsty spectacle of games and the theatre in ancient Rome, the authors examine the social and political roles occupied by all types of performance as they became increasingly secularised.
- Published: 01 November 2000
- Format: Paperback 160 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780714123165 ISBN 10: 0714123161
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Desgined to accompany a major new international exhibition, this book tackles the politics behind the great if bloodthirsty spectacle of Games such as gladiatorial combats, athletics and chariot racing and the Theatre in Ancient Rome. The authors examine the social and political roles occupied by all types of performance as they became increasingly secularized; they also look at the buildings in which they took place, the equipment used and the prestige involved for participants and actors. With particular reference to the Roman festival calendar and the origins and development of the Games, "Gladiators and Caesars" is a welcome and thorough exploration of the relationship between politics and entertainment and the role of the audience. Concluding with a timely comparison of Games then and now, this book should appeal to experts, students and the interested public alike.