A detailed reconstruction of the Roman Games. The great spectacles of ancient Rome were not mere casual entertainments; they gave Roman life its rhythm and luster. Citizens lived in excited anticipation of gladiatorial combats, chariot races and circuses. The thrills of these games, which almost invariably led to some kind of carnage, compensated the Roman populace for its lack of politial power.
This book explores the emotions of the crowds, the motives of the rulers and analyzes the importance of the games to the life of the imperial city. Included are 24 illustrations that capture the pomp and drama of the games.