Hon 110 Notes 4 4 11 - Hon 110 Notes 4/4/11 Gladiator games...

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Hon 110 Notes 4/4/11 Gladiator games may be from the Etruscans Roman games – blood games, contact, killing Every colony or place had an amphitheater Largest and impressive buildings Beast shows, murder of criminals in a theatrical way, gladiatorial games Romans were very keen to see new animals Beast master- train Animals fighting each other Humans vs animals All kinds of animals came to Rome Amazing how animals from different areas and countries came to Rome Animals such as polar bears and Indian elephants came Display of power No such thing as zoos, preferred seen animals killed
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When thrown to animals were for punishment and execution This was execution for non Roman citizens -slave or criminal or rebellious foreigner Roman citizens never executed in amphitheater Reenact battle never of Roman battles -just in case lose Spectacles Mainly gladiators were slaves or war captives, or criminals sentenced to gladiatorial games Usually non Romans, however some Romans volunteered for fame or money Occasional women fought, never women vs men Gladiators fought well could win freedom Some gladiators may not fight once or twice or more in a year Fans following Enormous betting and gossip among Roman artistocrat women -Affairs with famous gladiators Gladiator spared, fight another day Retrieve wooden sword representing freedom If two men fight bravely – then dismissed standing and live for another day
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Sometimes match without dismissal – fight to death Another give finger and ask for mercy Beastmaster job to fight animals Thumbs up or down not real in past, -Thumb pressed People like games so much – part of love of violence Not fair assume to say blood thirsty as much as other cultures Gladiatorial games show courage and fate of death Many audience came to see witness of bravery in death Roman – big deal to have good death Suicide was common – noble way to die Carpe diem – Seize the day Dead poet society -How Romans lived Life was really short Purpose of game was courage, discipline, and death Gladiator was the lowest of the low You can’t marry anyone who was a gladiator Fact that gladiators, outcast can give example of bravery
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Sociological level gladiatorial games – assigned seating based on your class Reaffirmed class society Also with games – shown where crowds can give displeasure
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2011 for the course HON 110 H taught by Professor Wintrol during the Spring '11 term at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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