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One of Ancient Romes most important forms of public entertainment took place in amphitheaters These were the gladiatorial games Although there were more renown and primordial forms of entertainment such as the chariot races gladiatorial activities became a widely popular and powerful form of leisure for Romes powerful and common citizens Roland Auguet writesIt only remained for the emperors to learn the lessons of experience They hastened to appropriate to their own advantage as far as they could a means of propaganda whose efficacy was to be proved by history The organization which thenceforward controlled the right to give munera showed a more and more open tendency to monopoly which was expressed by legislative measures and considerations of fact in Rome at least all the gladiatorial combatswere offered to the people by the emperor 28Auguet gives insight as to just how important the games were for people in Rome especially the powerful The gladiatorial games of Ancient Rome had many affects on Roman societyGladiatorial games developed from a more passive state and different motives to the image that many people in todays society believe it to be Before the times of the emperors gladiators were used primarily for funerary remembrance The family of the person who had passed away would try to honor the deceased by having a display of power and wealth and other skills between men gladiators to show the prowess the deceased had possessed in life This form of gladiatorial combat had been going on in Rome and its surrounding provinces since the mid-3rd Century BC and was often followed with a banquet and gifts Beacham 14 One of the earliest attempts at using gladiatorial combat for reasons not pertinent with showing the deeds of the deceased came in 45 BC Julius Caesar announced to Rome that he would honor his daughter Julia with a munus This was when Caesar was in the midst of a consulship and had the power to
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