This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Ancient Rome's Animal Cruelty For Their Entertainment In The Amphitheatre And To Maintain Political Status Quo.

1815 words - 7 pages

"The Romans are often characterized as loving violent and cruel entertainment in the amphitheatre. It has been suggested that the games served the dual purpose of providing entertainment for the people and maintaining the political status quo."In today's society, the killing of humans and animals usually means a jail term, and seeing someone die is not something people go and see for fun. Violence was glorified in Rome hundreds of years ago. All the crimes they committed were condoned, accepted and glorified.There were four different genres of such entertainment in the games held in amphitheatres (Amphi-theatres are outdoor arenas. "theatres in the round": Amphi- meaning "round" in Greek.) : Gladiatorial combat, the theatrical execution of foreigners, beast shows, as well as chariot racing. Watching someone or a beast kill another was applauded for the method, skill, or artistry used in the slaughter. The games themselves provided ways for Rome to demonstrate the power of their empire, as huge investments of wealth, time, and emotion was put into the games. Death became a spectator sport with the viewers and the viewed both contributing to a wild and gory performance. Already by the late Republic magistrates were spending huge amounts of money on these games. The Latin word for gladiatorial games is Munus which means obligatory offering. This reflects the origin of these games as funerary offerings to the dead. While magistrates in the Republic may well have put on games to gain popular favour, this was in their private capacity and not as magistrates. Only gradually did the gladiatorial shows come to be assimilated with the games put on by magistrates.The most popular games were chariot racing, simulated naval battles and fights in the amphitheatres. These fights are shown in their mosaics including gladiator V gladiator, gladiator V animal (pic 2) and animal V animal, were a common feature. Less common, but not infrequent was the release of wild beasts from the pits into the arena where hundreds of criminals had earlier been positioned. These spectacles all deeming to be very entertaining to spectators.Throughout the history of the Republic, there was a difference between the gladiatorial contests and other forms of spectacular entertainment. The Romans did not invent the concept of gladiatorial fighting; there is some uncertainty as to the exact source. One ancient source says it was the Etruscans, a non-Indo-European people who lived directly north of the Romans.Games that the state sponsored were called Ludi and held quite frequently. They never involved armed single combat, were associated with the worship of a god and were paid for (in part) by the public treasury. The Gladiatorial contests (Munera Gladiatorial) were sponsored and payed for privately, held very infrequently and were associated with funeral rituals.In A.D 70, the emperor Vespasian began construction on the site of a drained lake, of the largest amphitheatre in Rome, the...

Find Another Essay On Ancient Rome's Animal Cruelty for their entertainment in the Amphitheatre and to maintain Political Status Quo.

The Endless Fight to Stop Animal Cruelty

1491 words - 6 pages Animal cruelty has always been a hot topic for animal lovers all over the world. There are many organizations to try and end the cruelty of these innocent animals. It’s sad to think an individual would think treating an animal aggressively is an acceptable behavior. If a human is accused of animal abuse, then there should be serious consequences due to their wrongdoing. Animals need to be respected in the same manner as humans. There are

Discuss some of the obstacles that can hold social workers back, in their efforts to achieve and maintain good practice

1001 words - 4 pages Social work is a caring and rewarding profession that involves working with vulnerable members of society, enabling them to acquire a better life for themselves. Although Social work does have its benefits and sense of achievements it can also be very challenging and stressful for the worker. There is a general awareness, of some of the barriers that social workers face in their profession, but there is also an essential need to promote

Canada and Their Government´s Intervention in the Entertainment Industry

1243 words - 5 pages been able to develop a policy and regulatory that ensures that Canadians have access to the best the world has to offer while preserving a space for Canadian culture. The national film board of Canada puts together a number of educators who wish to have their films used in classrooms and learning resources. The national film board puts out a platform and broadcast for upcoming Canadian film makers. The national film board needed a lot of

Cruelty in animal Farm

1286 words - 5 pages by the human’s treatment of the animals, and the animal’s eventual treatment of each other and the ironic characteristics of the two. After the Animal Revolution the pigs take the initiative and place themselves in charge because of their claim of having higher intelligence. Over time this power begins to distort the basis of their revolt by recreating the same social situation they were previously in. “When the pigs takeover they claim that

Socrates Modest Revision of the Status Quo

856 words - 4 pages them and persuade them to adopt their views using very convincing speech derived from their thoughts. In other words, inducing thought in the oppositionists or jurors to guide their mind off the direct topic. Aristophanes proved the weaker argument’s strength in speech. The unjust speech’s argument included, “For if you happen to be caught as an adulterer, you’ll reply to him that you’ve done him no injustice. Then you’ll refer him to Zeus, how

Animal Cruelty and Treatment

2481 words - 10 pages for an animal, or pleasure from pain or violence ("Information on Animal Cruelty."). Despite the public opinion, animal cruelty occurs on a daily basis in several industries or fields such as: religious traditions, farming, ranching, entertainment, and hoarding. Some religions, like Muslim, Islam, Jewish, and Santeria, require various animal sacrifices in order to fulfill their doctrines. Sacrifices in the Muslim and Islam religions are much more

Animal Cruelty and Abandonment

785 words - 4 pages the body, either in a test tube or laboratory dish. Dr. Phil Stephens at Cardiff University states, scientist always want a better model for their experiments so as to get better (more accurate) results. If a non-animal method can work, great! Not only does it yield better results, it’s a lot cheaper, too. Cell and tissue culture (in vitro) studies are used to screen for anti-cancer, anti-AIDS, and other types of drugs, and they are also a means

Animal Cruelty in Animal Shelters

967 words - 4 pages abuse rule to ban any player who used PED’s during their career in the MLB and ban them for life. It’s unfair to let the players who abuse these substances and have an advantage over the players who obey the rules play in the league without any serious consequences. The players that take PED’s will hit more homeruns than the average player and have an advantage in everything else like speed and strength. If the entire league had players that were

Animal Abuse and Cruelty

1891 words - 8 pages would in the environment. Another reason that animal testing should be stopped is because it is both expensive and unnecessary (History and debate). Testing is expensive because the scientists have to pay for the animals, their natural necessities, and the substances they are testing on these animals. They have to pay for food, water, and the care of the animals. Also, they have to pay for the substances to that need to be tested as well as to make

The Role of Women in Challenging the Status Quo in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew

1523 words - 6 pages status quo. When Kate and Petruccio first meet, they are both challenged. Kate realizes she has no way out of the marriage arrangement and this scares her. Petruccio and Kate contend in a verbal war with each other. This is the first conversation Kate has with a mind of similar wit. In the advancing relationship Kate has with Petruccio she starts to enjoy herself. They both have skill with word games and true wit coming out of their fingers

The Ancient Greeks and their Strong Belief in their Gods

1237 words - 5 pages . Without the help of Athena, Odysseus would have been stranded on Calypso’s island for the rest of his life since she talked Zeus into setting him free and helping him on his journey back home. In summary, the gods use their authority of power over the mortals in whichever way they see fit. Second of all, the relationship that the Ancient Greeks had with their gods was that they were forever trying to please them and in certain cases, their

Similar Essays

How The Roles Of Women In Ancient Greece Affect Their Status

1350 words - 6 pages Ancient Athens and Ancient Sparta were two of the biggest city-states in Greece. Despite their geographical closeness these two city-states differed largely in many aspects, particularly the kind of roles women played in society and the amount of power women had. Whereas women in Ancient Sparta were believed to be very independent the women in Ancient Athens were not. Even the way these women dressed contrasted from one another. In this essay, I

Animal Farm Essay People's Ignorance Can Lead To Their Social And Political Oppression Essay

1385 words - 6 pages ‘Animal Farm’ is an allegorical novella created by George Orwell to express his views on the Russian Revolution in 1917. In the farm, the leaders are the pigs because they are wisest of all the animals in the farm. They represent the leaders of the revolution in Russia while the other animals in the farm represent the slaves and the working class. Orwell knew of the social and political oppression that was happening in Russia and those that were

Standing Up To The Status Quo

1144 words - 5 pages Considering that traditional society looked down on women as inferior to men, the female roles in each work challenge the status quo and make their audiences’ eyes wearier to the society they might have previously backed without question. The book We, and the plays Antigone and A Doll’s House provide rich support for individual reasoning and ardent opposition to mindless devotion to establishment. Zamyatin’s story opens with a perspective in

The French Revolution Only Led To Government Instability, Large Numbers Of Deaths, And Essentially A Return To The Status Quo

683 words - 3 pages Death is a horrible price for anything. When a mass loss of life occurs, and there is nothing to show for it, it is even worse. The French Revolution was not worth all of the death, war, and destruction. Had the French achieved a major change for the better, all of those lives would not have been lost in vain. The French Revolution only led to government instability, large numbers of deaths, and essentially a return to the status quo. The French