The Colosseum

The Colosseum

Hardback Wonders of the World

By (author) Keith Hopkins, By (author) Mary Beard

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  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 119mm x 185mm x 20mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 21 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674018958
  • ISBN 13: 9780674018952
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,684,036

Product description

The reality of the Colosseum is much stranger than legend as explained by two classical historians in an account of ancient Rome's most famous monument, detailing its construction, the gladiatorial games that it housed, and its changing roles as a modern-day concert venue and tourist attraction.

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In her concise portrait Beard shines a torch into the dark recesses of the building's long history and illuminates a gladiator here, a fresco there, a medieval bullfight there...Here there is a sophisticated interpretation of the Colosseum's meaning and a survey of nineteenth- and twentieth-century responses to the Colosseum, with quotations from Byron, Mark Twain, Henry James and Hitler. -- Debra Aaronson Lawless "New England Classical Journal" (01/01/2006)