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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 C. 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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    Title
    Spectacle Entertainments of Early Imperial Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard C. Beacham
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 520 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300176995
    ISBN 10: 0300176996
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC subject category V2: AN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.8
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25880
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    Ingram Subject Code: PA
    Libri: I-PA
    B&T Approval Code: A31225000
    LC classification: DG
    BISAC V2.8: PER011020
    Abridged Dewey: 937
    DC21: 394.4
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, ATD, NHDA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAR
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    30 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven