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Unformatted text preview: 1 Classics 220: Lecture Guide, Day 36 Entertainment in the Roman World 1.) The Historia Augusta A. What is the Historia Augusta ? When was it written? Why is it important? Means the Augustan history title a modern invention Collection of roman emperor bios that continues suetonius (117-285, minus 244-253) Written by ine authour likely at the end of the 4 th century/beginning of the 5 th century The bad: Manuscript records six different authors writing over two distinct periods Lots of clearly false info Mostly invented lives of co-rulers and usurpers Fake documents included: at least 130 of them! The good: Good source for literary tastes, ideals of roman elite Man y of the major biographies are based on another set of lives Author used reliable historians for certain parts of the work B. List some of the problems with the Historia Augusta : C. List some of the assets of the Historia Augusta : 2.) Entertainment in the Roman World D. List a few facts about chariot racing at Rome: Four teams: the blues, whites greens and reds...
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This note was uploaded on 07/01/2009 for the course CLASS 220 taught by Professor Baushatz during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.
- Spring '08