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There is no doubt that cultural and social understanding was very limited in the era of the Romans Ethics animal rights and punishment had not been developed strongly enough to make assertive judgements about the games that provided so much entertainment for the bloodthirsty society I believe that the Roman games were cruel and degrading but the communities at the time accepted them as amusement encouraging solidarity amongst the masses Before the Colosseum was built the games took part in arenas surrounded by muddy banks or by spectators sitting on wooden piers enveloping the performance area so it is evident they were happening over a number of centuries One aspect of the Roman games was the introduction of animals into the arena In order to do this the animals had to be captured on hunts often using nets with which to trap them and beaters with torches to literally beat them into their cages But the fact is many of the animals died in transportation or whilst they were being held in anticipation Apuleius born c 125 CE voiced this in The robbers tale unit 5 Resource Book 1 p 95 as the bears were attacked by a sudden epidemic and their numbers reduced to almost nothing Life be it human or animal is therefore reduced to a worthless state Perhaps even the Roman citizens thought that this was cruel as Cicero said in his Letters to his Friends Unit 5 Resource Book p 97 that the treatment of the herd of elephants brought pity from the crowd The spectators reactions were a feeling that this animal had something in common with the human race When we couple the amount of animals that have been killed whilst in the arena with those who died it amounts to a massive number and even the society of the time accepted some pity to those fated to death Statius 40 - 96 CE ascribed human emotions to
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