Book Title: Spectacles in the Roman World
Subtitle: A Sourcebook
Book Description: This is a collection of primary sources on Roman games and spectacles in their various forms, created for a second-year undergraduate class on spectacles in Greece and Rome at the University of British Columbia. This book is intended for use in upper-level academic studies. Content Warning: The content of this book contains animal cruelty and animal death, blood, classism, death, sexual assault, violence, and other mature subject matter and potentially distressing material.
This is an anthology of primary sources on Roman games and spectacles in some of their various forms, created for a second-year undergraduate class on spectacles in Greece and Rome (CLST 260; this book covers the Roman section of that course) at the University of British Columbia.
The sources are grouped thematically, although there is overlap between the sections. The sources come from a wide range of periods, genres, and individuals and not all are equally reliable, in that many report on things they haven’t seen or are (like some of the Christian authors) deeply hostile to because they were often connected with the worship of various pagan deities. But taken together, along with the images and other information provided, they will give some picture of the importance and complexity of spectacle for the Romans and many of the peoples they conquered or interacted with. Footnotes are used to provide information and context for those that know little about either Rome or the ancient Mediterranean.
Spectacles in the Roman World by Siobhán McElduff is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
European history: the Romans