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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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 172.2 x 218.4 x 20.8mm | 489.89g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 45 line drawings, 96 b&w photographs, tables, notes, bibliography, index
  • 0415301858
  • 9780415301855
  • 1,472,338

Review quote

'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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Table of contents

List of plates List of figures List of tables Preface Acknowledgements List of abbreviations 1. The Colosseum 2. The Origins and Early Development of the Amphitheatre 3. Imperial Amphitheatres 4. The North African Ampitheatres 5. Endings and New Beginnings Appendix Notes Select bibliography Index

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