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Cruelty and Civilization By Roland Auguet

Cruelty and Civilization

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Argues that the great spectacles of Ancient Rome were not merely casual entertainment, but a public opiate. This study analyzes the emotions of the crowd and the motives of the rulers to explain why the games were so important in the life of the city.

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Cruelty and Civilization: The Roman Games by Roland Auguet

Roland Auguet examines the Roman taste for blood and considers what the games, that strange combination of Cruelty and Civilization, reveal about the Roman mentality. He shows how the great spectacles became a part of city life - they were awaited with impatience, everyone discussed them, some applauded the action in the arena, while others booed frantically.
This book provides an exciting history of gladiators, chariot racing and other games as well as an investigation of their function and significance within society. It is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the Romans' violent form of entertainment.

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GOR002732340
Cruelty and Civilization: The Roman Games by Roland Auguet
Roland Auguet
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
1994-03-10
244
041510453X
9780415104531
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