Let the Games Begin: Entertainment in Ancient Rome with Livia Galante

Let the Games Begin: Entertainment in Ancient Rome with Livia Galante


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In Ancient Rome feast days were often connected with public games and performances: at the beginning of the fourth century AD more than half of the calendar listed feast days and special events. This seminar offers an insight into how and where the Romans got their entertainment with a local expert.

The Romans enjoyed their entertainment to such an extent that Juvenal, a satirical poet, complained that his fellow citizens only liked “panem et circenses” (bread and circuses). This seminar will explore the Ancient Roman tradition of being both fed and entertained, as Juvenal satirically suggests. We will learn about the different types of buildings used for the variety of games the Romans loved: the Circus Maximus (mainly used for chariot races), the Stadium of Domitian (for athletic competitions), the Colosseum (for Gladiator games), and the “Odeion” (for music and mock naval battles).

Led by an expert on Archaeology and Ancient Roman Topography, Livia Galante, this interactive seminar will focus on entertainment in Ancient Rome. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased comprehension of the variety of spectacles in ancient Rome, the role of entertainment in the ancient Roman Society, as well as the different types of buildings, where these events took place.

Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic in sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Romans at Play

Livia Galante's seminars are always spirited and very insightful: this one was too. Architecture information, historical context, and social history added up to a very full and intriguing class.

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L.H.
A good overview of Roman entertainment

A thorough look at Roman games and entertainment focusing on the buildings and sites, rather than a social history of Roman entertainments. Lots of interest, especially on the topic of the 'naumachia' for mock naval battles.

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N.L.
Romans at Play

Livia Galante's seminars are always spirited and very insightful: this one was too. Architecture information, historical context, and social history added up to a very full and intriguing class.

L
L.H.
A good overview of Roman entertainment

A thorough look at Roman games and entertainment focusing on the buildings and sites, rather than a social history of Roman entertainments. Lots of interest, especially on the topic of the 'naumachia' for mock naval battles.