The Roman Games: Historical Sources in Translation
, Feb 9, 2009
- 272 pages
This sourcebook presents a wealth of material relating to every aspect of Roman spectacles, especially gladiatorial combat and chariot racing. Draws on the words of eye-witnesses and participants, as well as depictions of the games in mosaics and other works of art.
Offers snapshots of “a day at the games” and “the life of a gladiator”.
Includes numerous illustrations.
Covers chariot-races, water pageants, naval battles and wild animal fights, as well as gladiatorial combat.
Combines political, social, religious and archaeological perspectives.
Facilitates an in-depth understanding of this important feature of ancient life.