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STARZ SpartacusReimagining an Icon on Screen$
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Antony Augoustakis and Monica Cyrino

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474407847

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407847.001.0001

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Base Pleasures, Spectacle, and Society

Base Pleasures, Spectacle, and Society

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(p.175) 11 Base Pleasures, Spectacle, and Society
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STARZ Spartacus
Author(s):
Alex McAuley
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407847.003.0012

This chapter takes a closer look at Spartacus' engagement with Roman spectacle as a fighter and entertainer. Beyond the series' intense focus on sexuality and the problems of slavery, this chapter argues that the creators also emphasize the multimodal representation of the Roman culture of performance and spectacle in the arena. The new Spartacus series, the chapter claims, offers a complex image of Roman spectacle in terms of spatial materialities, spectacular aesthetics, and social realism: the amphitheater is conveyed as a microcosm of Roman society and the central point of reference for Roman “popular” culture in the sense of mass entertainment.

Keywords:   Roman spectacle, performance and spectacle, spatial materialities, spectacular aesthetics, social realism, amphitheater, Roman society, mass entertainment, Roman popular culture

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