Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome (Paperback)
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Short Description for Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome Many thousands of people and animals were killed in elaborate public spectacles in Ancient Rome. This study asks who the victims were, why they were killed in such a brutal fashion, and what happened to their bodies.
- Published: 01 April 2001
- Format: Paperback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415248426 ISBN 10: 0415248426
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The elaborate and inventive slaughter of humans and animals in the arena fed an insatiable desire for violent spectacle among the Roman people. Donald G. Kyle combines the words of ancient authors with current scholarly research and cross-cultural perspectives, as he explores: the origins and historical development of the games; who the victims were and why they were chosen; how the Romans disposed of the thousands of resulting corpses; the complex religious and ritual aspects of institutionalised violence; and the particularly savage treatment given to defiant Christians. The book provides perspectives on the bloody entertainments of ancient Rome, which continue to fascinate us to this day.