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Transcript of Rome entertainment
Virgil was born on October 15, 70 B.C.E
He was influenced by the greek poet Theocritus
Virgil suffered from stomach and throat problems along with headaches
Virgil the poet
He spent his early life at Cermona
A clip from Gladiator
Virgil started to travel to Greece to finish his poem the Aeneid in 19 B.C.E
Virgil met Octavian on his travels, who convinced him to return to Italy with him
Virgil died of a fever on September 21 19 B.C.E
The roman gladiator was a professional fighter.
The Roman chariot racing was held at the Circus Maximus. The building held 250,000 people.
Chariot racing is very dangerous, many drivers had a
short career before injury or death.
Statue of Virgil
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"Vergil had bidden these songs by swift flame be turned into ashes,
Songs which sang of thy fates, Phrygia's leader renowned.
Varius and Tucca forbade, and thou, too, greatest of Caesars,
Adding your veto to theirs, Latium's story preserved.
All but twice in the flames unhappy Pergamum perished
Troy on a second pyre narrowly failed of her doom.
This is part of Virgil's poem the Aeneid revised by Lucius Varius and Plotius Tucca
The races lasted seven laps. The track was an oval with a barrier down the middle called the spina.
The laps were indicated by seven large statues placed by the spina. Drivers carried a knife called a falx to cut the reins off their arms if they crashed.
Rome had a lot of gods. They made up gods to go along with certain occasions. The Romans gave the Greek Parthenon a major makeover and fancy Latin names.
The Romans were influenced by the Greeks: They copied the Greek gods, and they came up with names by taken every day words and adding an 'a' or and 'us' to create the names.
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When the gladiator was done with his battle he had professional medical attention.
Gladiators fight beasts and humans.
Gladiators were meant to entertain nobles
The better the gladiator the more money he is worth.
Today Roman gods are used in many fictional stories. Virgil the poet left his poems and his other work, people are inspired by him. Modern day gladiators are wrestlers. The fighting styles have been modified to not be as gruesome. There are plays, movies, and TV shows that are meant to show what it was like. Horse racing is in a way like chariot racing. Chariot Racing also generated the idea of horse drawn carriages.
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Entertainment was very important to Rome because it gave them something to do. The Romans couldn't simply sit down and watch T.V. It was something to do with your family that you could get a good laugh out of.
Literature was essential to roman life. Most people weren't educated but if you were you benefited from that.
The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem that was twelve books long.
He started on it on 29 B.C.E. He worked on it until he died.
It was about Aeneas and him wandering from Troy to Italy.