An entertaining and informative look at the unique culture of crime, punishment, and killing in ancient Rome
In ancient Rome, all the best stories have one thing in common - murder. Romulus killed Remus to found the city; Caesar was assassinated to save the Republic. Caligula was butchered in the theater; Claudius was poisoned at dinner; and Galba was beheaded in the Forum. In one 50-year period, 26 emperors were murdered.
But what did killing mean in a city where gladiators fought to the death to sate a crowd? In A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Emma Southon examines a trove of real-life homicides from Roman history to explore Roman culture, including how perpetrator, victim, and the act itself were regarded by ordinary people. Inside ancient Rome’s darkly fascinating history, we see how the Romans viewed life and death and what it means to be human.
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What a fun approach !
This has been one of the best books I’ve heard so far! Being a history nerd myself I was very curious how this true crime approach would work. It’s simply wonderful! In a highly entertaining matter of factish way, the author reports very interesting stories, sometimes using drastic and crude language to bring an ironic touch to episodes which would otherwise be quite horrible for our sensitive modern morals ;-) Intriguing and captivating!