The Colosseum

The Colosseum

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

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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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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 119.4 x 185.4 x 20.3mm | 204.12g
  • 21 Mar 2008
  • HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, Mass
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0674018958
  • 9780674018952
  • 1,699,395

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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)

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