Write a 3-4 page paper based on the prompt below. Structure this as a research paper (a clear
introduction and thesis, several body paragraphs, and conclusion), using specific examples to argue
for a well-defined thesis. You are very welcome to include comparanda from other time periods
and other types of media!
1. Present a clear and structured paper, with a narrow, well-defined thesis!
2. Contextualize your topic in the material and methods we have studied so far.
3. Analyze your evidence with an awareness of its social, political, and historical contexts.
Your paper should be 3-4 pages, double-spaced, size 12 font (Times New Roman). It should include
specific quotations from the texts we have studied, and any additional texts you might care to bring
A full bibliography must be included, for both primary and secondary sources (if used).
Please follow MLA formatting guidelines for both paper and bibliography:
MUST include catchy title.
It’s a sad fact that most of our sources for ancient spectacles only tell us about elite views of society. For this paper, put yourself in the shoes of a disenfranchised member of Roman society (e.g., a woman, a foreigner, a member of the landless or lower classes) watching gladiatorial munera. From your position, what values would you see reflected in the different elements of the spectacle? Is there a modern equivalent to this kind of spectacle?