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The Resource The lure of the arena : social psychology and the crowd at the Roman games, by Garrett G. Fagan

The lure of the arena : social psychology and the crowd at the Roman games, by Garrett G. Fagan

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The lure of the arena : social psychology and the crowd at the Roman games
Title
The lure of the arena
Title remainder
social psychology and the crowd at the Roman games
Statement of responsibility
by Garrett G. Fagan
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Why did the Romans turn out in their tens of thousands to watch brutal gladiatorial games? Previous studies have tried to explain the attraction of the arena by theorizing about its cultural function in Roman society. The games have been seen as celebrations of the violence of empire or of Rome's martial heritage, or as manifestations of the emperor's power. The desire to watch has therefore been limited to the Roman context and rendered alien to modern sensibilities. Yet the historical record reveals that people living in quite different times and circumstances (including our own) have regularly come out in large numbers to watch public rituals of violence such as executions, floggings, animal-baiting, cudgeling, pugilism, and so on. Appreciating the social-psychological dynamics at work in attracting people to watch such events not only deepens our understanding of the spectator at the Roman games but also suggests something important about ourselves"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
937
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8551
LC item number
.F34 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The lure of the arena : social psychology and the crowd at the Roman games, by Garrett G. Fagan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-357) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Alypius in the stands -- 1. Seeking explanations -- 2. A catalog of cruelty -- 3. Groups, crowds, and seats -- 4. Crowd dynamics at arena spectacles -- 5. Arenas of prejudice -- 6. Gladiators and sports spectatorship -- 7. The attractions of violent spectacle -- Conclusion: the lure of the arena -- Appendix: select literary and epigraphic testimonia for arena crowd behavior and related issues.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 362 p.
Isbn
9780521185967
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010042929
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn665137572
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn750181779
Label
The lure of the arena : social psychology and the crowd at the Roman games, by Garrett G. Fagan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-357) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Alypius in the stands -- 1. Seeking explanations -- 2. A catalog of cruelty -- 3. Groups, crowds, and seats -- 4. Crowd dynamics at arena spectacles -- 5. Arenas of prejudice -- 6. Gladiators and sports spectatorship -- 7. The attractions of violent spectacle -- Conclusion: the lure of the arena -- Appendix: select literary and epigraphic testimonia for arena crowd behavior and related issues.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 362 p.
Isbn
9780521185967
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010042929
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn665137572
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn750181779

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    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
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