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The Day Commodus Killed a Rhino: Understanding the Roman Games
by Jerry Toner
The Roman emperor Commodus wanted to kill a rhinoceros with a bow and arrow, and he wanted to do it in the Colosseum. Commodus's passion for hunting animals was so fervent that he dreamt of shooting a tiger, an elephant, and a hippopotamus; his prowess was such that people claimed he never missed when hurling his javelin or firing arrows from his bow. For fourteen days ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltirmore)
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Mar 29, 2015 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rome fans
Recommended to Erik by: Martin Miller
The strength of the Roman state was substantially predicated upon its military. Under the Republic the legions were, as the term indicates, formed by levies of citizens and allies. Although they were often raised to meet real threats, there was also an aggressive tendency built into the system itself, successful prosecution of wars of conquest promoting careers and providing wealth, often in the form of slaves, upon whom the economy grew increasingly dependent. Thus the Republic expanded to ...more