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A Gladiatorial Show Produced in sordidam mercedem (Tacitus "Ann." 4.62)

Guy Chamberland
Phoenix
Vol. 61, No. 1/2 (Spring - Summer, 2007), pp. 136-149
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20304641
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A Gladiatorial Show Produced in sordidam mercedem (Tacitus
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Abstract

Since at least Friedländer and Mommsen, Atilius' gladiatorial show in Tacitus "Ann." 4.62-63 has been considered the classic example of a show produced entirely for profit. However a careful reading of this and other literary and epigraphic passages, including the aes Italicense, will demonstrate that such shows probably never existed. /// Depuis au moins Friedländer et Mommsen, le spectacle d'Atilius décrit par Tacite, "Ann." 4.62-63, est considéré comme l'exemple classique d'un spectacle produit à des fins exclusivement lucratives. Toutefois, par une lecture attentive de ce passage et d'autres témoignages littéraires et épigraphiques, comme le bronze d'Italica, on peut démontrer que pareils spectacles n'ont probablement jamais existé.

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