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.
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.
Through the close study of texts, Roman Imperial Identities in the Early Christian Era examines the overlapping emphases and themes of two cosmopolitan and multiethnic cultural identities emerging in the early centuries CE – a trans-empire alliance of the Elite and the "Christians." Exploring the cultural representations of these social identities, Judith Perkins shows that they converge around an array of shared themes: violence, the body, prisons, courts, and time. Locating Christian representations within their historical context and in dialogue with other contemporary representations, it asks why do Christian representations share certain emphases? To what do they respond, and to whom might they appeal? For example, does the increasing Christian emphasis on a fully material human resurrection in the early centuries, respond to the evolution of a harsher and more status based judicial system? Judith Perkins argues that Christians were so successful in suppressing their social identity as inhabitants of the Roman Empire, that historical documents and testimony have been sequestered as "Christian" rather than recognized as evidence for the social dynamics enacted during the period, Her discussion offers a stimulating survey of interest to students of ancient narrative, cultural studies and gender.
Colleagues and students honor Prof. Rachel Hachlili with this festschrift, which offers eighteen essays on the archaeology, architecture, and iconography of ancient Judaism. They demonstrate how widely Hachlili's lifetime of research resonates with everyone interested in this field of scholarship.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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).
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.
The obituary page of The New York Times is a celebration of extraordinary lives. This groundbreaking book includes 300 of the most important and fascinating obituaries the Times has ever published. The obituary page is the section many readers first turn to not only see who died, but to read some of the most inspiring, insightful, often funny, and elegantly written stories celebrating the lives of the men and women who have influenced on our world. William McDonald, The Times' obituary editor who was recently featured in the award-winning documentary Obit, selected 320 of the most important and influential obits from the newspaper's archives. In chapters like "Stage and Screen," "Titans of Business," "The Notorious," "Scientists and Healers," "Athletes," and "American Leaders," the entries include a wide variety of newsmakers from the last century and a half, including Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, Marilyn Monroe, Coco Chanel, Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson and Prince.
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.

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