The Story of the Roman Amphitheatre (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Story of the Roman Amphitheatre David Bomgardner traces the origins and development of the Roman amphitheatre. This lucid and accessible work is beautifully illustrated with 141 plans and photographs.
- Published: 01 December 2000
- Format: Hardback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415165938 ISBN 10: 0415165938
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David Bomgardner traces the origins and development of that most typical and evocative of Roman monuments: the amphitheatre. The story begins with an investigation of how the amphitheatre formed a central element in the social and political life of the ruling classes of ancient Rome, with detailed reference to the Colosseum. The origins of the amphitheatre are then explored, with a close examination of some of the earliest examples, focusing on the arena at Pompeii. Case studies are also made of some of the most significant amphitheatres from across the Empire - ranging from Italy, Gaul and Spain to Roman north Africa. The development of the spectacles and their final fall before the pressures of the late empire, not least the opposition of the Christian church, are integral to this discussion. The final abandonment of the amphitheatres and their reuse in other guises form the postscript to the story. This lucid and accessible work, illustrated with 141 plans and photographs, breaks new ground with the incorporation of sociological, psychological, historical and even ecological material into the study of this important architectural type. It will be of great interest to the general reader, as well as being a valuable reference work for students and scholars of Roman history and architecture.