The Arena Games in the Roman Empire: a Contribution to the Explanation of the History of Morals and Humanity

@inproceedings{Oesterdiekhoff2009TheAG,
  title={The Arena Games in the Roman Empire: a Contribution to the Explanation of the History of Morals and Humanity},
  author={Georg W. Oesterdiekhoff},
  year={2009}
}
Roman arena games essentially consisted of gladiator fights on life or death, cruel executions of delinquents, and chases with wild animals. Millions of humans and millions of animals were killed in the arenas during the Imperial period. This article shows that the mentioned elements of the games are found in most pre-modern societies around the globe since the oldest times, both in ancient civilizations and tribal societies. The rise of animal protection, the abolishment of duel cultures and… CONTINUE READING