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  • The Inventio Of Nero Analysis

    Barton would overall stress that Suetonius’ writings cannot be taken as a completely accurate historical account. While the emperors of Rome may have had character flaws, Suetonius clearly embellished upon them, employing an invective writing style. Historian James Chong-Gossard would concur with much of Barton’s thesis, as he furthers the idea that Suetonius’ writings were mere political propaganda. Chong-Gossard’s analysis of the thematic style of Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars, reveals that the text was simply a way to boost the image of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty in comparison to the predeceasing emperors. Chong-Gossard examines that Suetonius’ text clearly delineates between the “bad” emperors of Rome; Tiberius, Caligula, Nero, and Domitian; and the “good emperors;” Augustus, Vespasian, and Titus. While the Julio-Claudian and Flavian emperors have many detailed, sexually charged and scandalous stories, those emperors of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty seem to have few, if any, scandals accounts. As Chong-Gossard explores, Suetonius used emperors’ sexual lives as implications for their character, and more importantly their ability as rulers. As seen with Edwards and Barton, emperors who assumed the passive role in sex, such as Nero and Caligula, were seen as relegating themselves to “social inferiors,” and again dubbed with the mollitia qualities. Chong-Gossard explores that some emperors who were criticized for their sexual exploits, such as Augustus for using sex as…

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  • The Roman Colosseum

    amphitheatre that could, and would, entertain thousands of people. Then, in 72 CE during the reign of Vespasian was when the construction of the Roman Colosseum had first began. In 80 CE, the Colosseum was officially opened, which was during the reign of Vespasian's son Titus, but there were many improvements made later during the reign of Vespasian's youngest son, Domitian. Emperor Vespasian, Titus, and Emperor Domitian all make up the Flavian Dynasty, which is why the Colosseum was originally…

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  • The Ancient Roman Gladiatorial Games

    Spectacle and thrill were a major component of life in the ancient Roman empire. The gladiatorial games could perhaps be considered the favorite form of entertainment among Romans at the time. The gladiators themselves came from a variety of different walks of life. Roman spectacle took place in arenas, and they occurred in a great deal of forms. The gladiatorial games are often confused with gladiatorial executions; however, the two are in fact quite different. One question that has intrigued…

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  • Colosseums In Ancient Rome

    starve animals so that when they fought the gladiators, they would be hungry and desperate. To the Romans, seeing someone killed in the colosseum was very entertaining. Plus, admission was free as well as the wine and bread. A few of the main activities that took place in the colosseum were gladiator fights, executions, and dramas. These events were very big in Rome because three reasons. One major reason was that there was free wine and bread. Another big reason people went to the colosseum was…

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  • Domitian Palace Essay

    One of the most interesting monuments found in the city of Rome is Domitian’s Palace.The place lies south west of Nero’s Palace, Domus Aurea, and west of the river Tiber. Emperor Titus Flavius Domitian ruled from 81 C.E. to 96 C.E. (MacDonald). His father was Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, he was also greatly interested in architecture though was more interested in military. After years of living in Nero’s Palace, Domitian built a new one and let Domus Aurea be open to the public.…

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  • Vespasian Colosseum

    amphitheater made of stone and concrete. Because of its enormous size of 615 feet long, 510 feet wide, walls 157 feet high and a perimeter of 1788 feet covering 6 acres it is the biggest amphitheater ever created. It is also considered to be one of the most creative and outstanding works of engineering and architecture. Construction of the Colosseum was initiated in 72 AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian. The creation of this great work was one of Vespasian’s biggest desires, however,…

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  • The Trevi Fountain Essay

    The Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain in English is a fountain in Rome, Italy. The Trevi Fountain is one of the top attractions in Rome and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The Trevi Fountain is situated at the end of the Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct constructed in 19 BC by Agrippa, the son-in-law of Emperor Octavian Augustus. The fountain dates back to ancient Roman times, since the construction of the Aqua Virgo Aqueduct in 19 B.C. by Agrippa, the son-in-law of Emperor Octavian…

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  • Roman Colosseum Research Paper

    Daniel Pagan Professor Thurmond 7 April 2016 Greek/Roman The Colosseum and its glory! Blood, death, animals, and gladiators, this is what the ancient romans loved! The the terrifying Arena of Death, the Flavian Amphitheater, or better known as the Roman Colosseum. This is one of the greatest architectural achievements in history. It is an oval amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome, Italy. The Colosseum was designed for gladiatorial contest and public spectacles. Earlier Roman theaters…

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  • Falco As A Private Informer In Silver Pigs, By Lindsey Davis

    Taking place in Rome and Britannia during 70 AD, after the reign of political chaos of the Year of the four emperors, Lindsey Davis uses this historical fiction novel to focus on the series of events of Marcus Didius Falco. Considered to be an amateur private informer during this time, Falco’s sleazy reputation with a sense of strong justice ultimately depicts his un-success and need of funds. However, Falco runs into a complicated issue as the fiction novel shifts toward a mysterious…

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  • Roles Of The Gladiators

    The Gladiators and games were not what they are historically described as in most history textbooks. History teaches us that the gladiators were murderers, rapists and the dregs of the Roman Empire and they were forced to fight. However, this is not entirely the case. The role of the Gladiators and the Gladiatorial games on the Roman Empire was long-lasting and far-reaching. When the games first took off, many of the soldiers were actually volunteers who wanted to fight to increase their social…

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