New College of the Humanities

Keith Hopkins

Keith Hopkins takes us on a tour de force via original texts of the hopes, dreams, assumptions and frustrations of the Roman schoolboy.

The Romans had a passion for chariot-races. Emperors, senators and knights prided themselves on their own skills as drivers, or fervently identified...

Gladiatorial shows turned war into a game, preserved an atmosphere of violence in time of peace, and functioned as a political theatre which allowed confrontation between rulers and ruled.