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Popular Culture In Ancient Rome

Author : J. P. Toner
ISBN : 9780745654904
Genre : History
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The mass of the Roman people constituted well over 90% of the population. Much ancient history, however, has focused on the lives, politics and culture of the minority elite. This book helps redress the balance by focusing on the non-elite in the Roman world. It builds a vivid account of the everyday lives of the masses, including their social and family life, health, leisure and religious beliefs, and the ways in which their popular culture resisted the domination of the ruling elite. The book highlights previously under-considered aspects of popular culture of the period to give a fuller picture. It is the first book to take fully into account the level of mental health: given the physical and social environment that most people faced, their overall mental health mirrored their poor physical health. It also reveals fascinating details about the ways in which people solved problems, turning frequently to oracles for advice and guidance when confronted by difficulties. Our understanding of the non-elite world is further enriched through the depiction of sensory dimensions: Toner illustrates how attitudes to smell, touch, and noise all varied with social status and created conflict, and how the emperors tried to resolve these disputes as part of their regeneration of urban life. Popular Culture in Ancient Rome offers a rich and accessible introduction to the usefulness of the notion of popular culture in studying the ancient world and will be enjoyed by students and general readers alike.

Imperial Projections

Author : Sandra R. Joshel
ISBN : 0801882680
Genre : Art
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The creators of popular culture have often appropriated elements of Roman history and society. This text looks at how ancient Rome has been depicted and what the portrayals tell us about contemporary culture.

Popular Culture In The Ancient World

Author : Lucy Grig
ISBN : 9781107074897
Genre : History
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This book adopts a new approach to the classical world by focusing on ancient popular culture.

Ancient Rome And Modern America

Author : Margaret Malamud
ISBN : 9781444305081
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Ancient Rome and Modern America explores the vital role the narratives and images of Rome have played in America’s understanding of itself and its history. Places America’s response to Rome in a historical context, from the Revolutionary era to the present Looks at portrayals of Rome in different media: writing, architecture, theatre, painting, World’s Fairs and Expositions, and film Beautifully illustrated with over 40 high quality photographs and figures

Roman Disasters

Author : Jerry Toner
ISBN : 9780745676685
Genre : History
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Roman Disasters looks at how the Romans coped with, thought about, and used disasters for their own ends. Rome has been famous throughout history for its great triumphs. Yet Rome also suffered colossal disasters. From the battle of Cannae, where fifty thousand men fell in a single day, to the destruction of Pompeii, to the first appearance of the bubonic plague, the Romans experienced large scale calamities.Earthquakes, fires, floods and famines also regularly afflicted them. This insightful book is the first to treat such disasters as a conceptual unity. It shows that vulnerability to disasters was affected by politics, social status, ideology and economics. Above all, it illustrates how the resilience of their political and cultural system allowed the Romans to survive the impact of these life-threatening events. The book also explores the important role disaster narratives played in Christian thought and rhetoric. Engaging and accessible, Roman Disasters will be enjoyed by students and general readers alike.

Ancient Greece In Film And Popular Culture

Author : Gideon Nisbet
ISBN : 1904675786
Genre : Performing Arts
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This history of Greece in the 20th century imagination - from film to science fiction and comics - examines the preconceptions of the ancient world which cause difficulties in contemporary media.

Leisure And Ancient Rome

Author : J. P. Toner
ISBN : 9780745668901
Genre : History
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In this book Toner offers a new way of looking at Roman society at all levels, not just among the elite, by examining the imperial games and the baths as well as gambling, the taverns, theatre and carnivals.

The Tragedy Of Pompey The Great

Author : John Masefield
ISBN : UOM:39015065979422
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The Day Commodus Killed A Rhino

Author : Jerry Toner
ISBN : 9781421415864
Genre : History
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The Roman emperor Commodus wanted to kill a rhinoceros with a bow and arrow, and he wanted to do it in the Colosseum. Commodus’s passion for hunting animals was so fervent that he dreamt of shooting a tiger, an elephant, and a hippopotamus; his prowess was such that people claimed he never missed when hurling his javelin or firing arrows from his bow. For fourteen days near the end of AD 192, the emperor mounted one of the most lavish and spectacular gladiatorial games Rome had ever seen. Commodus himself was the star attraction, and people rushed from all over Italy to witness the spectacle. But this slaughter was simply the warm-up act to the main event: the emperor was also planning to fight as a gladiator. Why did Roman rulers spend vast resources on such over-the-top displays—and why did some emperors appear in them as combatants? Why did the Roman rabble enjoy watching the slaughter of animals and the sight of men fighting to the death? And how best can we in the modern world understand what was truly at stake in the circus and the arena? In The Day Commodus Killed a Rhino, Jerry Toner set out to answer these questions by vividly describing what it would have been like to attend Commodus’ fantastic shows and watch one of his many appearances as both hunter and fighter. Highlighting the massive logistical effort needed to supply the games with animals, performers, and criminals for execution, the book reveals how blood and gore were actually incidental to what really mattered. Gladiatorial games played a key role in establishing a forum for political debate between the rulers and the ruled. Roman crowds were not passive: they were made up of sophisticated consumers with their own political aims, which they used the games to secure. In addition, the games also served as a pure expression of what it meant to be a true Roman. Drawing on notions of personal honor, manly vigor, and sophisticated craftsmanship, the games were a story that the Romans loved to tell themselves about themselves.

Slavery In The Roman World

Author : Sandra R. Joshel
ISBN : 9780521535014
Genre : History
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A lively and comprehensive overview of Roman slavery, ideal for introductory-level students of the ancient Mediterranean world.

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