Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome

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CONTENTS
List of illustrationsvii
Prefaceix
1 Introduction: violent spectacles and Roman civilization1
Ancient and modern attitudes2
Interpretations of Roman violence and spectacles7
Somatics and necrology: the problem of disposal10
2 The phenomenon: the development and diversity of Roman spectacles of death34
Festivals, punishments, celebrations, and games35
Munera: rites and spectacles43
Late Republic: power, proscriptions, and multi-dimensional spectacles49
Spectacular punishments: summa supplicia and 'fatal charades'53
3 The victims: differentiation, status, and supply76
The body count76
Gladiators and beast-fighters: infamy, virtue, and ambivalence79
Noxii: the doomed and the damned91
Law and the arena: demand and supply95
Rituals and resources100
4 Death, disposal, and damnation of humans: some methods and messages128
Roman death: rites and rights, hierarchy and the hereafter128
Death as a spectacle in some other pre-modern societies133

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