Spectacle Entertainment of Early Imperial Rome (Hardback)
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Short Description for Spectacle Entertainment of Early Imperial Rome A description of the lavish public entertainment of Imperial Rome, tracing its evolution under Rome's political masters from Caesar to Nero, and examining its political and social significance. It draws on primary accounts as well as on archaeological evidence.
- Published: 01 October 1999
- Format: Hardback 314 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780300073829 ISBN 10: 0300073828
Full description for Spectacle Entertainment of Early Imperial Rome
The presentations in the theater, gladiatorial combats, chariot races in the circus, animal hunts, triumphal processions, and other public entertainments of early imperial Rome served as tangible expressions of Roman ideology and power. This engagingly written book describes these lavish spectacles, traces their evolution under Rome's political masters from Caesar to Nero, and discusses their social and political significance.Drawing on primary accounts of ancient historians as well as on archaeological evidence, Richard Beacham examines the stagecraft of Roman statecraft, providing illuminating accounts of such episodes as the intensely theatrical rivalry of Caesar and Pompey, Augustus's performance in what the Princeps himself called the "mime of life, " and the demented antics of Caligula. He shows how Roman politicians and emperors created awesome spectacles of mass appeal in a potent exercise of demagoguery. He argues that the Roman people In turn jealously guarded their right to be entertained, regarding the theater, circus, and arena as political venues in which to demonstrate their power and vent their opinions.