The Game of Death in Ancient Rome

Arena Sport and Political Suicide

Author: Paul Plass

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 283

View: 7897

This book examines two forms of Roman `institutional' violence: gladitorial combat and political suicide, attempting to explain and correlate the social and psychological significance of these phenomena.

Erotik und Panegyrik

Martials epigrammatische Kaiser

Author: Sven Lorenz

Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag

ISBN: 9783823348825

Category: Emperors

Page: 302

View: 4812


Politische Kommunikation in Zeiten des Medienwandels

Author: Thomas Roessing,Nicole Podschuweit

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110303930

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 325

View: 9368

Die politische Kommunikation hat sich im Laufe der Geschichte mehrfach gravierend verändert. Das Internet verursacht den neuesten und derzeit am meisten diskutierten Wandel der Medienlandschaft. Der Eindruck jedoch, dass Medienwandel und Medienkonvergenz sich in der rasanten Entwicklung des Internets erschöpften, ist zu kurzsichtig. Um die Formen und Folgen des aktuellen Medienwandels einordnen zu können, betrachtet der vorliegende Sammelband auch historische Entwicklungen politischer Kommunikation.

When Men Were Men

Masculinity, Power and Identity in Classical Antiquity

Author: Lin Foxhall,J. B. Salmon

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415146340

Category: History

Page: 257

View: 4408

When Men Were Men questions the deep-set assumption that men's history speaks and has always spoken for all of us, by exploring the history of classical antiquity as an explicitly masculine story. With a preface by Sarah Pomeroy, this study employs different methodologies and focuses on a broad range of source materials, periods and places.

The World of Roman Costume

Author: Judith Lynn Sebesta,Larissa Bonfante

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299138547

Category: Art

Page: 272

View: 6905

Thirteen scholarly and well-illustrated essays survey, document and elucidate over a thousand years of Roman garments and accessories, including Etruscan influences, Near Eastern fashions and the transition towards early Christian garb. Subjects include the functional and symbolic use of clothes for men, women and children, manufacture and industry, hairstyles and accessories, the literary evidence for dress, geographical factors, reconstructions and dress for everyday and official occasions.

Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome

Author: Donald G. Kyle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134862717

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 4515

The elaborate and inventive slaughter of humans and animals in the arena fed an insatiable desire for violent spectacle among the Roman people. Donald G. Kyle combines the words of ancient authors with current scholarly research and cross-cultural perspectives, as he explores * the origins and historical development of the games * who the victims were and why they were chosen * how the Romans disposed of the thousands of resulting corpses * the complex religious and ritual aspects of institutionalised violence * the particularly savage treatment given to defiant Christians. This lively and original work provides compelling, sometimes controversial, perspectives on the bloody entertainments of ancient Rome, which continue to fascinate us to this day.

Serial Killers

The Method and Madness of Monsters

Author: Peter Vronsky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101204627

Category: True Crime

Page: 432

View: 836

A comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicide—including information on America’s most prolific serial killers. In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome through fifteenth-century France on to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as the “serial rampage killer” such as Andrew Cunanan. Vronsky not only offers sound theories on what makes a serial killer but also makes concrete suggestions on how to survive an encounter with one—from recognizing verbal warning signs to physical confrontational resistance. Exhaustively researched with transcripts of interviews with killers, and featuring up-to-date information on the apprehension and conviction of the Green River killer and the Beltway Snipers, Vronsky’s one-of-a-kind book covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true-crime phenomenon. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

Wit and the Writing of History

The Rhetoric of Historiography in Imperial Rome

Author: Paul Plass

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299118044

Category: History

Page: 182

View: 587

Wit has many uses in political discourse—to entertain, to underscore or unmask, to hinder or enhance insight. Wit and the Writing of History focuses on how this potential is realized in the historiography of the earlier Principate. Preeminently in Tacitus, to a lesser degree in Suetonius and Dio Cassius, wit is a vehicle for political understanding and judgment of the historical account. As part of Roman political life, hostile anecdotal or epigrammatic wit was deeply embedded in the sources used by historians and is reflected in the rhetoric of their narratives. Some anecdotes may, in fact, have been mere jests later taken as fact, hence the frequent problem of credulity. But what is historically false can be politically true. Not only were political jokes a weapon for making some fair points against the Principate; ancient rhetorical theory recognized that wit in general arises from a violation of normal, expected ways of thinking. What is “funny” is thus disturbing in a serious way as well as amusing, and in the hands of Tacitus wit becomes scalpel as well as sword.

American Journal of Philology

Author: Charles William Emil Miller,Benjamin Dean Meritt,Tenney Frank,Henry Thompson Rowell,Harold Fredrik Cherniss

Publisher: N.A


Category: Classical philology

Page: 186

View: 769

Each number includes "Reviews and book notices."

The World of the Gladiator

Author: Susanna Shadrake

Publisher: Tempus Pub Limited


Category: History

Page: 256

View: 7271

The gladiatorial contest was the high point of the bloody sports witnessed in Rome’s Colosseum and in other amphitheatres throughout the Roman empire. This is the first popular book to explore all aspects of gladiatorial life—its beginnings under the Republic; the organization of the spectacle; the day-to-day-life of a gladiator; a typical show from start to finish; the equipment, weapons and armor used; the symbolic role of the gladiator in society; and the fascination of the gladiatorial spectacle within a 21st-century context.

Cruelty and Death

Roman Historians' Scenes of Imperial Violence from Commodus to Philippus Arabs

Author: Asko Timonen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789512918188

Category: Assassination

Page: 273

View: 8108



annali di storia e civiltà del gioco

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sports

Page: 232

View: 8615


Tacitus: Histories

Author: Tacitus

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521814461

Category: History

Page: 430

View: 3449

The Histories is the first historical work by Rome's most accomplished and challenging historian, Tacitus. It narrates the brutal civil wars which broke out in AD 68-9 across the Roman Empire after the suicide of the last Julio-Claudian emperor, Nero. Book II covers the bloody finale of the war between two of those emperors, Otho and Vitellius, and the emerging challenge from the eventual victor, Vespasian. The progression of events, kaleidoscopic and gripping, unfolds over a broad geographical sweep and is presented by Tacitus with consummate artistry. This commentary on Histories Book II, first published in 2007, elucidates historical questions, clarifies Tacitus' historiographical techniques and explains grammatical difficulties of the Latin for students. It also includes a Latin text, relevant maps, and a comprehensive introduction discussing historical, literary and stylistic questions.

Constructing Identity

The Roman Funerary Monuments of Aquileia, Mainz and Nimes

Author: Valerie M. Hope

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited


Category: Social Science

Page: 231

View: 6168

A catalogue and discussion of the social meaning and family relationships behind the funerary monuments of Roman France. Hope aims to reconstruct the stories associated with monuments from their inscriptions, artworks, dimensions, type and location. The catalogue entries, which include descriptions and inscriptions, are presceded by a discussion of the gender, age, social status and title of the dead, funerary monuments of soldiers and people of other occupations, such as gladiators, freedmen, family tombs and the Roman way of mourning and commemorating the dead.

Roman Amphitheatres and Spectacula, a 21st -century Perspective

Papers from an International Conference Held at Chester, 16th-18th February, 2007

Author: Tony Wilmott

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

ISBN: 9781407304267

Category: History

Page: 225

View: 6584

Papers from the international conference held at Chester, England, in February 2007 on Roman Amphitheatres and Spectacular. Contents: 1) Introduction (Tony Wilmott); 2) The setting out of amphitheatres: ellipse or oval? Questions answered and not answered (Mark Wilson Jones); 3) The amphitheatres in Hispania: recent investigations (Rosalia Duran Cabello, Carmen Fernandez Ochoa and Angel Morillo Cerdan); 4) Amphitheatres in the Roman East (Hazel Dodge); 5) Amphitheatres of Auxiliary Forts on the Frontiers (C. Sebastian Sommer); 6) Excavations on the legionary amphitheatres of Chester (Deva), Britain (Tony Wilmott and Dan Garne); 7) Excavations on the legionary amphitheatre of Burnum, Croatia (Zeljko Miletic and Miroslav Glavicic); 8) The Roman amphitheatre at Richborough (Rutupiae) Kent: non-invasive research (Tony Wilmott, Louise Martin and Neil Linford); 9) The Trier amphitheatre, an ancient monument in the light of new research (Hans-Peter Kuhnen); 10) Theatres and Amphitheatres in Augst (Augusta Raurica), Switzerland (Thomas Hufschmid); 11) The amphitheatre of Serdica, Sofia, Bulgaria (Zharin Velichkov); 12) Pre-Augustan Seating in Italy and the West (Tamara Jones); 13) Function and Community: some thoughts on the amphitheatres of Roman Britain (Tony Wilmott); 14) Whats the point of Londons amphitheatre? - a clue from Diana (Nick Bateman); 15) The Magerius mosaic revisited (David Bomgardner); 16) What can the Inscriptions tell us about Spectacles? The example of Africa Proconsularis (Renate Lafer); 17) Reading Pompeiis Walls: A Social archaeological approach to Gladiatorial Graffiti (Pedro Paulo A. Funari and Renata S. Garrafoni); 18) Victory and Defeat in the Roman Arena: the Evidence of Gladiatorial Iconography (Jon Coulston); 19) Dying in the Arena: the Osseous Evidence from Ephesian Gladiators (Fabian Kanz and Karl Grossschmidt); 20) No More Fun? The Ends of Entertainment Structures in the Late Roman West (Neil Christie).