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    DescriptionFrom the centre of Imperial Rome to the farthest reaches of ancient Britain, Gaul, and Spain, amphitheatres marked the landscape of the Western Roman Empire. Built to bring Roman institutions and the spectacle of Roman power to conquered peoples, many still remain as witnesses to the extent and control of the empire. In this book, Alison Futrell explores the arena as a key social and political institution for binding Rome and its provinces. She begins with the origins of the gladiatorial contest and shows how it came to play an important role in restructuring Roman authority in the later Republic. She then traces the spread of amphitheatres across the Western Empire as a means of transmitting and maintaining Roman culture and control in the provinces. Futrell also examines the larger implications of the arena as a venue for the ritualised mass slaughter of human beings, showing how the gladiatorial contest took on both religious and political overtones. This wide-ranging study, which draws insights from archaeology and anthropology as well as Classics, broadens our understanding of the gladiatorial contest and its place within the highly politicised cult practice of the Roman Empire. Alison Futrell is Associate Professor of Roman History at the University of Arizona.


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    Title
    Blood in the Arena
    Subtitle
    The Spectacle of Roman Power
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alison Futrell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 594 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780292725232
    ISBN 10: 029272523X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC21: 937
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    DC22: 796.0937
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    27 photographs, 9 line drawings, 6 maps, 7 tables
    Publisher
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    25 April 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    "... bring[s] fresh perspectives to the study of the Roman amphitheatre, situating the Roman arena within a larger cross-cultural framework of human sacrifice and providing important insights into the psychological dimensions of these public spectacles for the Roman viewer." -Classical World