The Colosseum (pt 2/2)
A discussion of gladiators, whose bouts in the arena were the most popular form of entertainment in the Roman arena. The unpredictability of the fighting was a part of its appeal. Gladiators aroused passionate feelings but there was ambivalence in people’s feelings towards them: on the one hand, they were the lowest of the low; on the other, they were hugely popular heroes. Bizarre developments of this type of entertainment, invented to satisfy the desire for novelty, are also discussed.
Available since: Fri 9 Nov 2012
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What really went on in the Roman amphitheatre, where cruelty became an art-form.
First broadcast: 15 Sep 1993
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