The Roman Games: Historical Sources in Translation
January 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
1. The Politics of the Arena.
2. The Venue.
3. A Day at the Games.
4. The Life of the Gladiator.
5. Christians and the Arena.
6. Chariot Races and Water Shows.
Time Line of Roman History.
Glossary of Terms and Names.
Suggestions for Further Reading.
- A collection of source material relating to the rich tradition of Roman spectacle.
- Draws on the words of eye-witnesses and participants, as well as depictions of the games in mosaics and other works of art.
- Offers snapshots of “a day at the games” and “the life of a gladiator”.
- Includes numerous illustrations.
- Covers chariot-races, water pageants, naval battles and wild animal fights, as well as gladiatorial combat.
- Combines political, social, religious and archaeological perspectives.
- Facilitates an in-depth understanding of this important feature of ancient life.
Jonathan Edmondson, York University, Toronto <!--end-->
“This excellent book promises to be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the violent entertainments of the Roman arena. Futrell’s collection of sources enables readers to see the broader context of the games, offering a first rate collection of material for life outside the amphitheater, as well as for events that took place within it.”
David Potter, University of Michigan
"Futrell's main purpose is to provide interesting, unusual material, and this she does ... Her brief explanatory notes are insightful, learned and intended to provoke further research. Those interested in ancient Rome will welcome this fine sourcebook ... Highly recommended."
"This very useful book provides a wide-ranging collection of sources of different types on this ever-popular branch of Roman civilisation, offering valuable insights into aspects of Roman public entertainment. . . a worthwhile purchase for the school library."
Journal of Classics Teaching