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Unformatted text preview: a. Oswald Spengler : The Decline of the West b. Arnold Toynbee : challenge and response c. Edward Gibbon : immoderate greatness d. Paul Kennedy : imperial overstretch V. Too many games and Rome fell: gladiators in perspective (cf. Course Packet, pp. 225-229) a. origins and development of games; some operative terms: pollice verso, missus, sine missione, ferrum recipere, habet!, Th (anatos) b. equipment categories (e.g. Thracian , retiarius ); balance of protective gear and vulnerability c. the psychology behind it (Etruscans; cruel fathers; lack of expansionist wars, etc.); affirmation of Roman values: courage, death defiance, clemency; does viewing violence lead to violent behavior? d. more fun yet: beast hunts and execution of criminals e. Gladiator to the Max(imus ): the essence of Roman civilization? f. the real deal: chariot racing (cf. Course Packet 229-233); teams, owners, fans - cf. NFL The alltime winner: Ben Hur...
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