Past Event

Bread and Circuses: Truth and Fiction in the Ancient Gladiator and Chariot Arena

A Road Scholar Program by Lee L. Brice

When you think of Rome do you hear the crowd shouting "Death!" and see the turn of the thumbs? Of all images, gladiators fighting in the arena remains the most popular image of ancient Rome. Like many modern sports, the ancient arena was popular, drawing huge crowds. Ancient critics dismissed these events as "bread and circuses" created to distract the masses. Similar criticisms are leveled against TV and modern sports. Are the WWF and NASCAR events modern versions of dangerous ancient sports? This illustrated presentation considers the reality of gladiators and chariot-racing and the value of drawing modern connections.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Richard Worland, 618.392.7975.