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A fatal thing happened on the way to the forum : murder in ancient Rome

Southon, Emma (author.).

Summary: 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, death, and what it means to be human.

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  • ISBN: 1419753053
  • ISBN: 9781419753053
  • Physical Description: print
    xii, 339 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Abrams Press, 2021.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-329) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Prologue -- Introduction: What is murder? -- Murder on the Senate floor -- Murder in Roman law -- Murder in the family -- Murder in marriage -- Murder in the slave state -- Murder by magic -- Murder in the Imperial House -- Murdering an emperor -- Judicial murder -- A fatal thing happened on the way to the forum: The end.
Subject: Murder Rome History
Homicide Italy Rome History
Heads of state Crimes against Rome
Rome History Republic, 265-30 B.C
Rome History Empire, 30 B.C.-284 A.D
Rome History Empire, 284-476
Rome Civilization History
Rome Social life and customs History
Meurtre Rome Histoire
Chefs d'État Crimes contre Rome
Rome Histoire 265-30 av. J.-C. (République)
Rome Histoire 30 av. J.-C.-284 (Empire)
Rome Histoire 284-476 (Bas-Empire)
Rome Civilisation Histoire
HISTORY / Ancient / Rome
HUMOR / Trivia
Manners and customs
Italy Rome
Rome (Empire)
Genre: True crime stories.
True crime stories.
Récits criminels.

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