Readings In Ancient History Volume 2; Rome And The West: Rome and the West (1913)

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byWilliam Stearns Davis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ... Nero had caused the fire. 2 It ought in fairness to be said Nero did everything possible to relieve the suffering after the fire, giving freely from the treasury as well aa levying on the provinces. 66. How The Emperob Domitian Tried To Amuse The Roman Populace Suetonius, "Life of Domitian," chap. IV. Bobn Translation Despite their control of the army and the subservience of the Senate, the average Emperor quailed before the hootings and ill will of the Roman mob. Thus Domitian (81-96 A.d.), a bad and tyrannical Caesar, tried to win popularity by providing the idle masses of the capital with their favorite games and arena massacres. He frequently entertained the people with the most magnificent and costly shows, not only in the amphitheater, but in the circus; where, besides the usual chariot races, with two or four horses abreast, he exhibited the imitation of a battle betwixt cavalry and infantry; and in the amphitheater a sea fight. The people too were entertained with wild-beast hunts, and gladiator fights even in the night-time, by torchlight. He constantly attended the games given by the quaestors, which had been disused for some time, but were revived by him; and upon those occasions, he always gave the people the liberty of demanding two pair of gladiators out of his own private "school," who appeared last in court uniforms. He presented the people with naval fights, performed by fleets almost as numerous as those usually employed in real engagements; making a vast lake near the Tiber, and building seats around it. And he witnessed these fights himself during a very heavy rain. He likewise instituted in honor of Jupiter Capitolinus, a solemn contest in music to be performed every five years; besides horse-racing and gymnastic ex...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ... Nero had caused the fire. 2 It ought in fairness to be said Nero did everything possible to relieve the suffering after the fir...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.27 inPublished:May 20, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217978592

ISBN - 13:9780217978590

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