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'Halftime' in Ancient Rome
02-08-2016, 12:37 AM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Super Bowl 242 B.C: How the Games Became So Brutal

The cultural juggernaut known as the Roman Games began in 242 B.C., when two sons decided to celebrate their father's life by ordering slaves to battle each other to the death at his funeral. This new variation of ancient munera (a tribute to the dead) struck a chord within the developing republic. Soon, other members of the wealthy classes began to incorporate this type of slave fighting into their own munera. The practice evolved over time — with new formats, rules, specialized weapons, etc. — until the Roman Games as we now know them were born.

In 189 B.C., a consul named M. Fulvius Nobilior decided to do something different. In addition to the gladiator duels that had become common, he introduced an animal act that would see humans fight both lions and panthers to the death. Big-game hunting was not a part of Roman culture; Romans only attacked large animals to protect themselves, their families or their crops. Nobilior realized that the spectacle of animals fighting humans would add a cheap and unique flourish to this fantastic new pastime. Nobilior aimed to make an impression, and he succeeded.

With the birth of the first "animal program," an uneasy milestone was achieved in the evolution of the Roman Games: the point at which a human being faced a snarling pack of starved beasts, and every laughing spectator in the crowd chanted for the big cats to win, the point at which the republic's obligation to make a man's death a fair or honorable one began to be outweighed by the entertainment value of watching him die.

Read the whole gruesome article here > http://www.livescience.com/53615-horrors...sseum.html

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02-08-2016, 12:47 AM #2
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Quote:it was said that he was among the few bestiarii who could command animals to rape human beings, including bulls, zebras, stallions, wild boars and giraffes, among others. This crowd-pleasing trick allowed his editors to create ludi meridiani that could not only combine sex and death but also claim to be honoring the god Zeus. After all, in Roman mythology, Zeus took many animal forms to have his way with human women.

Historians still debate how common of an occurrence public bestiality was at the Roman Games — and especially whether forced bestiality was used as a form of execution — but poets and artists of the time wrote and painted about the spectacle with a shocked awe.

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02-08-2016, 03:49 AM #3
ocker1 Member
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in the present---- The BRONCOS leading 10---0 at half time
02-08-2016, 08:39 AM #4
Screaming Yellow Zonkers Member
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And Roman's were considered civilized......

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02-13-2016, 01:20 AM #5
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(02-08-2016, 08:39 AM)Screaming Yellow Zonkers Wrote:  And Roman's were considered civilized......

The Romans destroyed Europe. Pre-Roman Britain was agrarian, and mostly egalitarian. Especially between genders. It was Romans that brought about militarism, expansive economic trade, greater division of labor and patriarchy.

And what they call 'British' and now American colonialism is actually the Roman model, the same old Empires branch offices.
02-13-2016, 02:21 AM #6
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(02-13-2016, 01:20 AM)Anonymous Kritter Wrote:  
(02-08-2016, 08:39 AM)Screaming Yellow Zonkers Wrote:  And Roman's were considered civilized......

The Romans destroyed Europe.

Not all of Europe.



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