The Story of the Roman Amphitheatre

The Story of the Roman Amphitheatre


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The Roman amphitheatre was a site both of bloody combat and marvellous spectacle, symbolic of the might of Empire; to understand the importance of the amphitheatre is to understand a key element in the social and political life of the Roman ruling classes. Generously illustrated with 141 plans and photographs, The Story of the Roman Amphitheatre offers a comprehensive picture of the origins, development, and eventual decline of the most typical and evocative of Roman monuments. With a detailed examination of the Colosseum, as well as case studies of significant sites from Italy, Gaul, Spain and Roman North Africa, the book is a fascinating gazetteer for the general reader as well as a valuable tool for students and academics.

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 181.6 x 253.7 x 23.1mm | 1,010.22g
  • 01 Dec 2000
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 16 black & white tables
  • 0415165938
  • 9780415165938

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'This book is a welcome addition to what has thus far been a gap in the research literature ... D.L.Bomgardner has delivered a useful tool that is accessible to a wide audience.' - Daniel M. Millette, School of Architecture, University of British Columbia 'Very readable and absorbing.' - JACT Review

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