Roman Gladiators: The Awful Truth Analytical Essay by Winston

Roman Gladiators: The Awful Truth
An essay that looks at the background and history of gladiatorial combat in ancient Rome.
# 2918 | 972 words | 3 sources | 2000 | BE
Published on Jan 08, 2002 in History (Greek and Roman) , Anthropology (General)

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This essay examines the brutal sport of gladiator fighting in ancient Rome. The essay contains a history of the games, an overview of a typical day's activities, and a look at theories for why the Romans permitted such blood sport in their society for many centuries.

From the Paper:

"The Romans were, in some ways, the most civilized people of the ancient world. Their well-developed cities, with the many shops, service, and design amenities, were models for the rest of the world. However, that advancement and enlightened way of life cannot hide a dark reality which we find unacceptable in our modern world: an almost total disregard for the value of human life and human rights. The most visible aspect of that disdain for humanity was the massive importation and exploitation of slaves by the Romans. We also have a great difficulty understanding their love of the "games:" the Roman spectacle of gladiatorial combat to the death."

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