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    Spectacle Entertainment of Early Imperial Rome (Hardback) By (author) Richard C. Beacham


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    DescriptionThe presentations in the theater, gladiatorial combats, chariot races in the circus, animal hunts, triumphal processions, and other public entertainments of early imperial Rome served as tangible expressions of Roman ideology and power. This engagingly written book describes these lavish spectacles, traces their evolution under Rome's political masters from Caesar to Nero, and discusses their social and political significance.Drawing on primary accounts of ancient historians as well as on archaeological evidence, Richard Beacham examines the stagecraft of Roman statecraft, providing illuminating accounts of such episodes as the intensely theatrical rivalry of Caesar and Pompey, Augustus's performance in what the Princeps himself called the "mime of life, " and the demented antics of Caligula. He shows how Roman politicians and emperors created awesome spectacles of mass appeal in a potent exercise of demagoguery. He argues that the Roman people In turn jealously guarded their right to be entertained, regarding the theater, circus, and arena as political venues in which to demonstrate their power and vent their opinions.

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    Spectacle Entertainment of Early Imperial Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard C. Beacham
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 314
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300073829
    ISBN 10: 0300073828

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, AN, HBLA
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
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    BIC subject category V2: ASZ
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000, PER011020
    DC21: 790.20937
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    Thema V1.0: NHD, ATD, ATX, NHC
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 October 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven