Text and Context: Flavian Rome through the eyes of Martial and Statius (CLA2409)

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The vast Flavian Amphitheatre or "Colosseum" is one of ancient Rome's best known landmarks. Its grand opening in 80 CE was celebrated with an extraordinary series of spectacular shows - brutal, exotic, extravagant, bloodthirsty and stunning – which are vividly described by contemporaries Martial and Statius, rival poets in a society where poetry had a vital political and social function.