Eventually stabbed to death ii romes contributions to

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Eventually stabbed to death II. Rome’s Contributions to the history of sport A. Gladiator contests at the Coliseum 1. Began as entertainment business; violent spectator sport 2. Built huge arenas to hold the games but to become a spectator sport B. Chariot races at the Circus Maximus 1. Entertainment business like gladiator 2. 300,000 seats 3. Had the equivalent of skyboxes with reserved seating for the Emperor, senators, financial backers of the race, those who presided over the competition, and the jury that awarded the prizes A. Events 1. Planned and organized for entertainment 2. Took the form of a business III. Gladiator Contests A. Origins and Change 1. Origins in religious traditions-funeral ceremonies 2. Sacrifice of blood- honor to dead man
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3. Become part of Roman traditions—funerals or ceremonies to remember the death of a significant person 4. Shows (with gladiators as main attraction)—the preferred vehicle to gain public sport and political influence a. Julius Caesar liked these contests 5. Increased in magnitude as organizers sought to outdo each other IV.
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