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    Gladiators and Caesars: The Power of Spectacle in Ancient Rome (Paperback) Edited by Eckart Kohne, Edited by Cornelia Ewigleben


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    DescriptionBread and circuses were what the Romans demanded of their emperors, and for more than 500 years spectacular events in amphitheaters, circuses, and theaters were the most important leisure activities of the masses in all parts of the Roman empire. In Rome itself, public holidays featuring magnificent and costly shows occupied more than half the year. Comedies and tragedies, pantomimes and bawdy folk plays were staged in the theaters, while in the arena of the Colosseum, opened in a.d. 80, gladiators fought in pairs or with wild animals to satisfy the blood lust of the crowd, and hundreds of thousands of race-goers packed the stands of the Circus Maximus to enjoy the thrills of chariot racing. The organization of games came to be part and parcel of electioneering in towns and cities and was increasingly used as a means to consolidate the power of the reigning emperor. Like the sports stars of today, the top gladiators, charioteers, and actors were folk heroes, and the power of their universal appeal was recognized and exploited by politicians and emperors alike. Two thousand years later, the Roman games may seem remote, but, as this superbly illustrated book shows, they satisfied the same need for excitement and hero-worship that gives rise to the intense media coverage of sports in our own time.

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    Gladiators and Caesars
    The Power of Spectacle in Ancient Rome
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Eckart Kohne, Edited by Cornelia Ewigleben
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 153
    Width: 243 mm
    Height: 302 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 985 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520227989
    ISBN 10: 0520227980

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T2.0
    BIC E4L: LIT
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    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SPO019000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: D
    BISAC V2.8: PER011020
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    DC22: 796/.0937
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    DC21: 791.0937
    LC classification: 00-059004
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    LC classification: GV31 .G53 2000
    Thema V1.0: D
    Illustrations note
    colour and b&w illustrations
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    15 December 2000
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    Author Information
    Eckart Kohne is a curator at the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Cornelia Ewigleben is director of the Historisches Museum der Pfalz, Speyer, Germany.
    Review quote
    "You saw the movie, now read the book. GLADIATORS AND CAESARS tells you everything about gladiators and other forms of Roman public entertainment that movies seem to leave out. Yes, it's a history lesson that doesn't hurt your brain."--"Memphis Commercial Appeal