The history of the Colosseum is, in reality, much stranger than the legend. In this engaging book, we learn the details of how the arena was built and at what cost; we meet the emperors who sometimes fought in gladiatorial games; and we take measure of the audience who reveled in, or opposed, these games. The authors also trace the strange afterlife of the monument.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Iacobus - LibraryThing
Hopkins and Beard have written an accessible and historically critical introduction to the most recognizable monument of ancient Rome. Beard finished the work after Hopkins' death, and her voice comes ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Luftwaffe_Flak - LibraryThing
While the authors have interesting points it feels as if they try to cover too much in too little space. Many things I would have liked to have been elaborated on were only mentioned in passing in one ... Read full review