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Lecture 12

CLA233 Lecture 12 Notes

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Michael J.Dewar

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CLA233 Lecture 12 Notes The Amphitheatre - morning – hunt / venatio - lunch – execution / supplicia - afternoon – fights / pugnae or pares - did not tell us about the ideology around the amphitheatre – much can be pieced together, however - gladiators – climax - morning – beats hunts – trained hunters would kill animals - often the slaughter of many timid animals – demonstrate skill - more dangerous animals – lions, etc. - exotic or strange-looking animals were often slaughtered – giraffes - duty of the Roman aristocracy to keep civilization safe – physical demonstration of Roman power to keep the people safe - shows that the emperor can protect the people – also shows the extent of Roman influence through the dangerous and exotic animals that are displayed for slaughter - lunchtime break – executions of criminals – humans who act like animals - power over nature – controlling, taming – the Roman dominance over the natural world - fire – serious risk – arson not unheard of - arsonists and those who kill their fathers – equally terrible in the eyes of the Romans - arsonists were set on fire for their executions – symbolize their heinous act – were put in a tunic covered in accelerant and set alight - conquered peoples – those who refused to subject to Roman rule, or those who rebelled - idea – animals must be tamed and criminals must be punished - gladiators – different – admired for their skill and courage - with gladiators – dignitas, or lack thereof, comes into play – not all gladiators are the same - also – gladiators put themselves on for show for the amusement of the people – slaves – therefore they were not as dignified - gladiators who won or were not afraid – given their freedom – had achieved sufficient dignitas to be a freedman - idea that people at the bottom of society could join the people of Roma and rises through courage and fame - celebration of the power of Rome as a civilized state - very nasty world – Roman ability to dominate nature and criminals – power of Rome to be a civilized structure and keep its people from harm - ludi – “games”, also means school - ludi – chariot races, circus – mandatory like festivals – they had to be given – often has some sort of religious basis - gladiatorial games – freely given by the emperor - munera – means “duties” as well as “gifts” – first to the dead spirit, then to the people - at munera – giver of gifts gives a special gift – a treat to the people - munera are special events – “gifts” to be given at the discretion of the giver - uncertain how emperors decided when to have munera – always to honour the dead, as well as for victories - for victories – there were chariot races as well - munera are advertised because they were special and rare - gladiatorial demonstration was a part of showing Roman power – therefore if they did it well they were rewarded with their freedom - there were those who would not stay for the executions – Seneca arrives early for the gladiatorial games and is horrified by the executions - people go to the amphitheatre for different reasons – animals, executions, gladiator - unseemly to appear to go just for grisly pleasure – there must have many people who did go just for this reason, but they had to appear not to - graffiti on a necropolis – gladiatorial combats - gladiatorial fighting was always accompanied by music – wind pipes of wood – the three people on the side in the image - on the left side of the image is the giver of gifts and the relatives - differences in armour – Romans interested in mismatched fighters each of whom had different advantages – to see how they used their advantages - differences in armour and weaponry often had advantages and disadvantages that cancelled each other out – the Romans enjoyed this - gladiator Hilarus – gladiator under the emperor Nero - gladiator was still celebrated despite the Roman hatred for Nero – Hilarus was such a celebrated, well-trained, skilled professional - number before the brackets in the graffiti stood for how many battles were fought in total – after the bracket was the number of battles that were won - battles not won – either were tied or were lost - it was considered to be exciting to see a new fighter beat an established fighter - the letter “T” stood for tero, “novice” - missus – “reprieved”, let go - theta sign, θ – meant thanatos – died, “dead” - most gladiators in fact lived to retire – most death occurred with animals and certainly in executions - considered “lucky” if the Roman people saw even on gladiatorial death in a game Beginnings - great interest in the origin of the games – Romans found it fascinating - a date is given by Livy - there had not always been munera – Roman perspective – fairly new invention - there had always been ludi – sacred contests in honour of the gods - munera was a newer innovation and a private gift Advertising One’s Gift - munera – which were private gifts and rare – had to be advertised - twenty pairs of gladiators – more than one afternoon - father is the priest of Nero – advertises his generosity but is also preparing a career for his son in sharing the gift with his son – names his son as a gift- giver as well - people will remember the generosity of father and son - generosity of so many gladiators in the games – nearly a week’s worth of fighting - animals will also be hunted - awnings – there will be coverings for relief from the heat - advertise – name of the giver of gifts, what will occur, the date, and where it is to take place - beast-hunt and awnings – tells us that they are not regularly scheduled and that the person spent extra money for the people - advertising games is good publicity for the giver of gifts – considered a good Roman benefactor – will be well remembered - wants his son to be well thought of when he grew up and wanted to hold public office Giving the People Gifts is Good Policy - emperor did not want rivals at first - munera, ludi, and ther gifts – generally associated with the emperor’s duty to the Roman people - political support was based on entertainment just as much as everything else - according to Fronto – it was considered an “understanding of political science” - emperor Trajan dislikes the entertainment by g
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