Explores the history of the ancient games which were played at the Roman Coliseum. Shows how they evolved from small religious ceremonies to mass entertainment and to a combination of justice court, imperial court, and dark theatre. Also outlines a typical day at the games, including the use of wild animals as a form of execution, four types of gladiatorial combat, and plays featuring actual torture and death. Strong emphasis is placed on how the Romans used violence as a form of mass entertainment.
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Available on VHS
Running time 50 minutes.
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