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Animals for Show and Pleasure in Ancient Rome

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Description for Animals for Show and Pleasure in Ancient Rome Paperback. Animals for Show and Pleasure in Ancient Rome is a complete and comprehensive investigation of the rise, function, and pageantry of wild and domesticated animals as household pets and as fodder for entertainment in the Roman world. Num Pages: 232 pages, 8 illus. BIC Classification: 1QDAG; ASZX; HBJD; HBLA. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 203 x 141 x 18. Weight in Grams: 272.

Deadly combat between gladiators is perhaps the best-known example of public entertainment offered in the Roman world. Wild and domesticated animals were also a part of these extravagant shows, and the elaborate presentation—or sometimes butchery—of creatures to gild an official's magnificence was among the most common forms of public diversion. Pitting bulls against bears, lions against Christians and criminals, elephants against rhinoceroses or parading large numbers of giraffe or zebras, the games devised by the Romans ranged from astonishing to brutally cruel. It is now difficult to comprehend the pleasure that huge crowds took from the death or struggle of ... Read more

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About George Jennison
George Jennison (1872-1938) was superintendent of the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens in Manchester, England, a zoo founded by the Jennison family in 1837 and among the first open to the public.

Reviews for Animals for Show and Pleasure in Ancient Rome
"The interest of the book is copious and varied."
Times Literary Supplement
"Read Animals for the pleasure of the prose, the careful collection of references in the written sources, and the then-remarkable variety of subjects considered."
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