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Gladiators and Caesars: The Power of Spectacle in Ancient Rome

Gladiators and Caesars: The Power of Spectacle in Ancient Rome

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Edited by Eckhart Kohne, Edited by Cornelia Ewigleben

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  • Publisher: BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 240mm x 300mm 900g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0714123161
  • ISBN 13: 9780714123165
  • Illustrations note: 160 illustrations, (140 colour )

Product description

Desgined to accompany a major new international exhibition, this book tackles the politics behind the great if bloodthirsty spectacle of Games such as gladiatorial combats, athletics and chariot racing and the Theatre in Ancient Rome. The authors examine the social and political roles occupied by all types of performance as they became increasingly secularized; they also look at the buildings in which they took place, the equipment used and the prestige involved for participants and actors. With particular reference to the Roman festival calendar and the origins and development of the Games, "Gladiators and Caesars" is a welcome and thorough exploration of the relationship between politics and entertainment and the role of the audience. Concluding with a timely comparison of Games then and now, this book should appeal to experts, students and the interested public alike.

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Gladiatorial games and strenuous athletics; chariot racing; theatre performance; the Roman festival calendar; the social status of the performer; the architecture; games and politics; games then and now - a comparison.