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Gladiators and Monomachoi: Greek Attitudes to a Roman 'Cultural Performance'

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This study explores the feasibility of the model of the 'cultural performance' to explain the cultural significance of the gladiatorial munus in Roman society. It then turns to consider the impact of such a potent spectacle in the Greek regions of the Roman Empire. In an effort to gauge the attitude of the general Greek spectator to this ostentatiously Roman show, the essay considers the values and ideology that may be found expressed in gladiatorial epitaphs. It is argued that the sentiments expressed in these epitaphs reflect in a general way the opinions of the typical Greek spectator.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Brock University,

Publication date: 01 February 2009

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