Roman Sports and Spectacles: A Sourcebook (Paperback)
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Short Description for Roman Sports and Spectacles This is a sourcebook in English of Roman documents pertaining to sports and spectacles in the Roman world, the types of entertainment the Romans favored and the way they organized and funded their spectacles.
- Published: 01 October 2001
- Format: Paperback 119 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781585100095 ISBN 10: 1585100099
- Sales rank: 304,362
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Roman Sports and Spectacles: A Sourcebook contains numerous translations from the Latin, including famous authors, such as Cicero, Seneca, Tertullian and Augustine, and the not so famous, including graffiti, advertisements and tombstones to paint a world view of what sports Romans played and what they thought of them. The world of Roman sports was similar in many ways to our own, but there were significant differences. For one thing Roman sports centered during religious festivals and the participants were most often slaves. Roman sports were not team sports, but individual competitions. And sports like chariot racing and gladiatorial competitions were very dangerous. Each document includes an introduction to the source material.