Death and Renewal: Volume 2: Sociological Studies in Roman by Keith Hopkins

By Keith Hopkins

It is a quantity of reviews occupied with demise and its influence at the social order. the 1st subject thought of is gladiatorial strive against; now not basically renowned leisure, it was once additionally a major aspect in Roman politics. The ebook then investigates the composition of the political elite within the past due Republic and Principate (249 BC - advert 235), displaying that beliefs of hereditary succession disguised excessive premiums of social mobility. the ultimate bankruptcy levels over aristocratic dying rituals and tombs, funerals and ghost tales, to the hunt for immortality and the facility of the Roman lifeless in dispensing estate by means of written wills.

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13). At their master's whim, as we have seen^ slaves could be sold to gladiatorial schools or sentenced without trial and thrown to wild beasts. Owners could, if they wanted, on their own initiative, crucify their slaves publicly. Seneca recorded from his own observations the various ways in which crucifixions were carried out, in order to increase pain [Letter of Condolence to Marcia 20). But there were limits, even though the limits were not where we would set them. For example, the story is told that a Roman knight, Vedius Pollio, had a fish-pond stocked with huge lampreys which he fattened on the flesh of slaves who offended him in any way.

Henzen (Berlin, 1874) cvii. On the ambiguous sexual status of Vestal Virgins, see the excellent article by M. Beard, 'The sexual status of Vestal Virgins', Journal of Roman Studies 70 (1980) i2ff. On their seats, see Suetonius, Augustus 44. 26—7. In one long fight between two equally matched gladiators, Priscus and Verus, 'the crowd shouted loud and often for both to be released. But Caesar obeyed his own law: "Fight on until the finger is raised"' (Martial, On the Public Shows 29)18 Political theatre it together in a sustained programme of action.

Henzen (Berlin, 1874) cvii. On the ambiguous sexual status of Vestal Virgins, see the excellent article by M. Beard, 'The sexual status of Vestal Virgins', Journal of Roman Studies 70 (1980) i2ff. On their seats, see Suetonius, Augustus 44. 26—7. In one long fight between two equally matched gladiators, Priscus and Verus, 'the crowd shouted loud and often for both to be released. But Caesar obeyed his own law: "Fight on until the finger is raised"' (Martial, On the Public Shows 29)18 Political theatre it together in a sustained programme of action.

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