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Seller: ancientgifts (4,307) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122111718414 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Cruelty and Civilization: The Roman Games by Roland Auguet. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: [Published at $39.99] Hardback with Dust Jacket: 222 pages. Publisher: Barnes & Noble; (1998). The great spectacles of Ancient Rome were not merely casual entertainment, a matter of choice for the audience, like the modern theatre. Under the Empire the games had become a public opiate and they ended by giving the daily life of Rome its rhythm and luster. From one year to the next, the Roman citizens lived in anticipation of the games; they provided excitement and helped the citizens forget the mediocrity of their own condition and their lack of political power. In the course of endless festivals, the most minutely organized productions were staged at vast expense, and Rome developed its own cult of the 'star'. This cult was not the product of naive popular imagery: idols and outcasts at the same time, yet doomed to a bloody death, the champions of the arena were the instruments of collective pleasure. Roland Auguet has not restricted himself to the detailed reconstruction of these spectacles; he has also analyzed the emotions of the crowd and the motives of the rulers. He explains why the games were so important in the life of the city and what the popularity of these spectacles, this strange combination of “Cruelty and Civilization”, reveals about the mentality of the citizens of Rome. The book also includes twenty-four illustrations that capture the pomp and drama of the Roman games. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. New (albeit "shop-soiled") hardcover w/dustjacket. Barnes & Noble (1998) 222 pages. The book is unread and "new" in that sense, but it looks to be the victim of a bookstore spill. There's a very, very faint stain to the top surface of the closed page edges. It looks like soda, perhaps water. In any event, if you scrutinize the top surface of the closed page edges, you can see a very faint stain. Inside the book the first 60 pages of the book have a slight damp ripple at the top edge of each page, only the first four or five pages actually show a very faint stain. By and large there's simply a mild damp ripple at the top of each page. The pages are not stuck, there's no further damage to the inside of the book. Except for the damp ripple the inside the book is pristine; the pages clean, crisp, unmarked, (otherwise) unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. The book also evidences mild edge and corner shelfwear to the dustjacket and covers. The condition of the book is entirely consistent with what would otherwise pass as "new", but "shop-soiled" stock from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, or B. Dalton, for instance) wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock (and drink tea or coffee), and so otherwise "new" books often have become slightly blemished and/or show handling/shelf/browsing wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1366p. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: “Cruelty and Civilization” offers an in-depth look at the Roman games as a force vital to the functioning of the empire. Gladiatorial combats, chariot races and other spectacles were a kind of public opiate for the citizens of Ancient Rome, giving rhythm and excitement to daily life. From one year to the next, the Roman citizen lived in anticipation of the games; through them he was able to forget the mediocrity of his own condition as well as his political enslavement. The most minutely organized productions were staged at vast expense, and Rome developed cults for arena champions, who were simultaneously idols and outcasts doomed to a bloody death. Roland Auguet not only reconstructs in detail the conduct of these spectacles (gladiatorial combats, the sacrifice of prisoners to wild beasts, the chariot races, the combats between beasts or man and beast), but also analyzes the feelings of the crowd, the calculations of its rulers and why these games dominated the life of the city. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: From gladiatorial combats to beast fights to stylized executions, the ancient Romans killed human beings and animals in the arena with efficiency, ingenuity, and delectation--and in astonishing numbers. Who were these victims, why were they killed in such brutal and spectacular ways, and how did the Romans dispose of the corpses and carcasses? Combining ancient evidence, current scholarship, and cross-cultural comparisons, this insightful study examines Rome's blood-stained legacy, discussing such issues as attitudes toward life, death, and afterlife, and raising fundamental questions about the role of ritualized violence in society. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: I found this to be a good book for a subject in studies of ancient Rome that is not often covered in detail. It's more than just a description of gladiator activities, the book covers all the big games popular in Roman society-even a little on theater and the torture dramas. The author does seem to know his Roman history. He unexpectedly uses this knowledge to flesh out some of the nuances to the political and religious side of the games. Personally I found the coverage of chariot racing quite fascinating. As others have stated already, if you're looking for a good coverage of gladiators, Michael Grant's book is the one. If animals in the arena interest you, then Daniel Mannix's book is good. But if you've read a little on this subject already, this book will add a few facts that you probably didn't know. REVIEW: This book is a great source if you want to quickly learn more about Roman 'Games', from the different types of gladiator and their weapons and equipment, to how they obtained and used wild animals, to the chariot races so made famous by Ben Hur. The author uses a lot of contemporary accounts from Roman historians such as Sutonious and Tacitus, and provides a ton of details, from the history of the games, how they evolved, and very detailed information about each of the different games themselves. For example, what games where given in the morning, midday, and afternoon? How were the bodies of killed gladiators handled? What wild animals did they match against each other? What weapons did the 'bestiari' use (i.e. gladiators that specialized in confronting lions, etc.). It is a book well worth your money if you want to immerse yourself in this particular aspect of ancient Rome. REVIEW: In this work, Auguet briefly touches on the nature and origin of the Circus Maximus, the gladiatorial combats, the hunts, and the patrons and factions which provided funds and fueled the populace to back these extravagant and brutal events. The process of recruiting men and beasts is a subject in Auguet's work, which carries significant merit in interest and depth. Just how the gladiators, who were notoriously born of humble origins, rose to the status of superstars by the arts of the sword, is another aspect of this work deserving of recommendation. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Provenance: Ancient Rome, Material: Paper

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