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Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome

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ISBN: 9780415248426
Author(s): Donald G. Kyle
Format: Paperback
Year: 2001
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Routledge
Dimensions: 162 x 233 x 19 (w x l x h)
Pages: 302
Series: Approaching the Ancient World

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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.

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