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Classical Studies
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Classical Studies 2300
David Lamari

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Sign of the Cross, 1932 – Cecil B. Demille  Clip  Epic film maker o He wanted to make it right  Had official Latin inscriptions  He had multiple fights going on at once – never would have happened unless they were condemned criminals  There were all sorts of other gladiator types of combat, but we only talk about 1 vs 1  All the gladiators looked the same  ‘We who are about to die salute you’ – used for those that are about to die  Scene – sprinkling – going back and forth o Misunderstanding of a Latin term – gifts or food would be sprinkled around in a theatre, not dust Spartacus, 1960 – Stanley Kubrick  Textbook says here is as close a look as you will get into how it was to live as a gladiator  Spartacus was a Thracian that lead a revolt  Based on a novel  Scene – 1 vs 1 battle o Small round shield – correct  Called him a Thracian – incorrect  Doesn’t have the right kind of shield and doesn’t have a helmet o Categories right – a net fighter vs someone else o Thumbs down – should be thumbs up o Thracians never fight net fighters o Gladiators were encouraged to fight with their right hands Rebel Gladiator, 1963 – Dan Vadis  Scene – no historical tribute there  Amid everything that is wrong, they have a net again Gladiator, 2000 – Ridley Scott  Could pull it off because they had computer generated effects  Have a mase – medieval weapon that never would have been present  Being chained together, fighting in a group, walking in blind folded – would make sense if they were condemned criminals, but rarely gladiators  Helmet with two little eye holes – worn by the secutor – the one that fights the netman o They put this helmet on the head of the netman – incorrect Roman Games Ball games  Different terms  Small ball – stuffed with animal hair wound so that you could almost bounce it o On top it was covered with leather o Pila and harpastum  Follis – ball recommended for elderly and children – inflatable, light ball o For people who couldn’t/shouldn’t exert themselves too much  Sphaeristerion – room to play ball games  Greeks – we don’t know how often they play  Romans – they play all the time o We hear of street games, people taking turns, or people just watching others playing ball games  But wasn’t a spectator sport (in a sense that you could fill a large stadium of people to watch)  They took it seriously  Romans developed a system of underground heating o Many of them would have underground heating so that it would be a nice warm room even in winter to play ball games Attitudes to Ball Games – Rules  Lots of medical sources say that ball games were a good way to stay fit  Pragmatic attitude towards ball games  Romans say that ball games gives you good exercise – livens the mind and body o Unlike the Greeks that do things for excellence  Story of an older man that was hurting himself while playing ball games  No rule books  Need endurance and dexterity  Person giving a eulogy to a dead man – talked about his ability to play ball games  Emphasis in the passage – not about the will to win, but about the grace, skill and quickness is o Says you can’t let the ball touch the ground o Sounds like volleyball Jugglers  Not a sport free people would do  Wealthy would hire slaves as jugglers  Never caught on as a hobby like in modern times Children’s Toys  Romans would bury their children with the toys they liked  Marbles, dolls  Once you reached a certain age, around 13, you weren’t allowed to play with these toys Grave Goods  We don’t have any chariots from then, the best depiction of chariots we have are child’s toys  The maker of the movie of Ben Hur created all the chariots to look like this child’s toy o This is a chariot used in a parade o Racing chariots are a lot lighter Board Games  Romans loved board games  Associated with women – said to have been good at this  Not highly regarded by intellectuals o See as a waste of time  Pure relaxation o Not something you can devote yourself too as a career Twelve Lines  15 pieces for each side o Seems like each piece was all the same  Each piece had a certain move it could make, but the piece you moved was determined by the role of a dice o Strategy, but they inserted this element of luck Game of Robbers  Board (picture) –
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