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Ancient Roman Games
Transcript of Ancient Roman Games
Purely built for speed, and drawn by teams of two or four horses, sometimes more.
Charioteers drove standing upright, wearing a colored and belted tunic and a simple helmet.
Normally consisted of seven laps around the stadium; about 4000 meters when measured in the Circus Maximus of Rome.
Most chariot drivers were slaves.
Arena was made out of sand; no drawn lanes, and no rules.
First to complete seven rounds was declared winner. ROMAN BOARD GAMES Played on portable boards called "tabulae lusoriae" which could be made of wood, marble or bronze, while inlaid wood and precious stones could be added for more precious results.
Many "tabulae lusoriae" were actually carved into the floors of public buildings, suggesting that board games could be played practically anywhere.
Common ancient Roman board games included tic-tac-toe, a word game of 12 lines, and lastly a chess-like game called "latrunculi". MOVIE FEATURE: LATRUNCULI WILD BEAST HUNTS Wild animals rounded up from different areas specifically to be killed in sport.
Included starving tigers, panthers, and lions were hunted by armed gladiators.
Bulls and rhinos were also hunted, although they were first brought to a rage – similar to Spanish bullfighting. entertaining Roman since the mid-700's ! ROMAN GAMES GLADIATORIAL GAMES CHILDREN'S GAMES Toys mimicked future situations: dolls for the girls; wooden horses and swords for the boys.
Toys would be available based upon the child’s social rank in Roman society.
Common toys, games and pastimes for children included: ball games; hoop and stick; dolls; wooden toys; marbles (played with nuts: ie – hazels); board games; pets. INTRODUCTION
TO THE ROMAN GAMES Roman entertainment was mainly a development of their surrounding world.
Roman attitude to entertainment and games was moralistic; clear social rules were put in place saying as to what was acceptable from people of different social classes.
It cannot be said that Romans really invented any of the more common games but they adopted them to such an extreme that laws were put in place in order to restrict them.
These games were a source of entertainment for everyone, no matter their social status; from children to the elderly, from soldiers to gladiators, from the senate to the common public.
Roman games could be played in a number of locations ranging from the circus, a tavern or even in the forum. ROMAN GAMBLING All gambling was forbidden, except when bets were at the circus or races.
The penalty of someone playing a game of dice would either be a fine or jail time.
Carnival Feast called Saturnalia: all gambling games were allowed.
Both Augustus and Nero were two heavy gambling addicts during their reign as Emperor.
While there were laws in place, not many restricted themselves to gambling on Saturnalia. "LIVE" PREVIEW CONCLUSION
TO THE ROMAN GAMES A variety of games for different people.
Provided a main source of entertainment during the Ancient times.
Eventually games were replaced with more relaxed choices.
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Entry to these games were free; it was a citizen's right to view them, not a luxury.
Stadiums would become crowded, and people would start lines in the middle of the night to ensure they got a seat inside for when the Games began.
Characters involved, including personal drama as well as technical skill and determination. Romans did not just sit and watch people being killed.
Tradition of this combat was not Roman development at all.
Was a custom to sacrifice prisoners of war, eventually being transformed into fights between prisoners. LEISURELY ACTIVITIES Magistrates used private games to get support in elections.
At home entertainment could take place in one’s home hosting dinner parties or banquets
Music, singing, and dancing by professionals were expected and encouraged
For Plebeians, associations would have thrown the parties
For the wealthy, hunting and fishing would have proved to be leisurely, but for the poor: they were most often a necessity. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 1. Why do you think that the Romans enjoyed some games that involved violence or bloodshed?
2. Why do you think gambling was limited to only one festival?
3. What is your personal opinion of these types of games?
4. Do you think it would have been appropriate for a child to play with a toy that isn't meant them? (example: girl playing with wooden sword or boy playing with dolls)
5. Why do you think that the majority of these violent games came to an end?