This made the gladiatorial games so exciting for the people watching. The people loved to watch others fight and the gore that they would see while the gladiators were fighting. It may sound horrible in today’s society but back then it was the most prominent form of entertainment. Different from today’s athletes and entertainers, gladiators were slaves and were told what to do against their will. Much of the gladiators were slaves, criminals, and prisoners of war.
Spartacus demonstrated how not everyone in ancient Rome agreed with the concept of gladiator fights and provided an opposing view rather than that of the majority of Roman citizens. These specific topics, the Colosseum, Spartacus, and the first fight, will be considered and evaluated in the following paper. Gladiators: The Fighters that Intrigued the Roman Empire By Caroline Creighton World Civilizations I Mrs. Marshall April 28, 2014 Annotated Bibliography II Colosseo... ... middle of paper ... ...ars for the games to be concluded. Spartacus was a great example of influence in the gladiatorial games as he, along with the Colosseum, changed how Romans viewed them overall. All of these different factors led to the final gladiatorial fight and ended the brutal battles that took place.
While war has always led to destruction, death, anguish, and human suffering; history over the ages has shown that where there is war, there are rewards to be reaped. The most important reward (benefit), and perhaps the only ethical one, for war is that of an economical benefit. In every step that humanity has taken on this world, both ancient and modern day civilizations have sallied forth into battle for economical gain. In 600 BC a civilization that would later be known as Rome was born. By 200 AD, Rome was at the height of its power.
“If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it,” said Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar). Ironically, this motto led Caesar to both his rise, and fall. Caesar gained power and popularity through his military might and tactics, making him a dangerous foe. He defeated everyone he faced on the battlefield. Including winning a brutal civil war between him and his once ally, Pompey.
The book The Spartacus War by Barry Strauss is an in depth look at one of Roman history’s most legendary events, the gladiator revolt led by Spartacus. Spartacus has become a legend, creating a storyline that has inspired many movies and television shows, such as Stanley Kubrick’s epic Spartacus in 1960, starring the legendary Kirk Douglas. Spartacus has inspired a perfect mix of men over time with various backgrounds and beliefs, from Stalin and Marx, to Voltaire, and even to Ronald Reagan. How though, did Spartacus create a massive revolt of slaves that would create a massive problem for the mighty Rome? Strauss attempts to create a chronology of the Spartacus War using his vast knowledge of the Italian landscape, ancient documents, and archaeological evidence, as well as provide the reader with the historical reasons that might have created a perfect combination of causes to create the Spartacus legend.
The gladiator fights were known as munera as they were originally 'duties' paid to dead ancestors. They gradually lost their connection to funerals under the Roman Empire and became an important stage for emperors and leaders to put on spectacles for their own reasons. The games in ancient Rome have a long and colorful history, and were an incredibly large part of the culture of the great empire. For the purposes of this essay, 3 main functions of the games w... ... middle of paper ... ... the games could be effective by proving the armies absolute power and to divert political opinions. Quote (p 169)' [A]ttendance at munera subjected emperors to pressure from the people, rather than diverting potential expressions of political will in other directions.'
The most thrilling and popular sports are usually those that are the most dangerous and have the most violence. At the beginning of the Medieval time period, these sports were held in the Roman Coliseum. “Today the battles that are held in a caged octagon are the most violent fights in sports” (Davie). The battles that took place in the Coliseum are very similar to the energetic and rough sport many revere today; Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Entertainment and diversion from the routine and problems of every day life is sought by many.
Then the gladiators would salute the sponsor of the game with an extremely brave and courageous statement looking death right in the face. The gladiatorial fights also had strict, formal rules that were enforced, which adds something to the general nobility: e.g. a lanista would supervise the fight and weapons were submitted for inspection before the fight (those not sharp enough were discarded) As with any supposed sport, Gladiatorial fighting had strict etiquette, for example, a trumpe... ... middle of paper ... ...s, gambling and prostitution to name but two. Gladiatorial shows were often considered by the emperor as a political weapon to manipulate the people, which is a shame. To conclude by today's standards the shows do seem extremely blood thirsty and due to this not noble.
Julius Caesar was not simply born to become a controversial dictator; he became the Caesar we all know about through circumstances that he endured in early years that shaped his political views. Most people see Julius Caesar as a callous dictator and they talk about him as if he had killed people just because he felt like killing people; but like many other times when we make assumptions about people, things are not like always what we assume them to be, and this was the case with him. Caesar was not only stubborn, but extremely determined; he had a goal in mind, the goal of becoming powerful. Caesar grew up in Rome, Italy in an area where it was tough for children to grow up in. His family was aristocrats but they had no fame or money.
Similarly if the whole WCW did not stand united against the Outsider, they would surely be crushed. The feud between WCW and nWo, created by the wrestling companies, is ultimately allured to the rise of Fascism in the West. They shared many similarities and factors that contribute to the losing as well as the winning side. They, both the nWo and Fascism, started very humbly with very few members then grew to a force to reckon with. Then both the nWo and Fascism proceeds to deteriorating from the inside, with their founding members seeking power and benefits for themself.