Games People Played
Tuesday March 04th 2008, 3:02 am
Filed under: Archeology,Patristics

Many of the early martyrs died as props in public spectacles. They went unarmed against gladiators. Or they were sewn up in animal skins and sent out against wild beasts. Christians today know the scenes from religious images that impose a certain solemnity on the occasion.

But a recently discovered mosaic in Tunisia gives us a sense of the showbiz of it all — a carnival barker calling us to carnage.

I think it makes books like this one all the more poignant.

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When people ask me the main difference between Rome and us today, I tell them that the main difference was that in the Roman Empire, the blood was real. As coarsening as our forms of entertainment are, imagine what it would be like if the blood were real!

Comment by Carl Sommer 03.04.08 @ 1:52 pm

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