Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome (Hardback)
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Short Description for Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome Spectacles in Death in Ancient Rome is a provocative, detailed and sometimes controversial work which raises fundamental questions about the role of ritualized violence in Roman and other societies.
- Published: 01 August 1998
- Format: Hardback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415096782 ISBN 10: 0415096782
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Rome's legacy is forever stained with the blood of the arena, for in elaborate public spectacles, from gladiatorial combats, to beast fights to stylized executions, Rome killed thousands of humans and animals, with efficiency, ingenuity and delectation. Combining ancient evidence, current scholarship and cross-cultural comparisons, this interdisciplinary study asks not only who the victims were, and why they were killed in brutal and spectacular ways, but what happened to their bodies. This is a provocative, detailed and sometimes controversial work which raises fundamental questions about the role of ritualized violence in Roman and other societies.