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Where the Colosseum in Rome is know for gladiator fights, ampitheatres in North Africa were mainly used for venationes, or hunting spectacles, in which men would fight leopards, lions or bears. Anna Sparreboom investigates in what way inhabitants of Roman Africa engaged with the venatio as a cultural phenomenon, and how the events functioned as cultural performances, shaping, expressing and confirming cultural and social norms and identitites.

Event details of Hunting spectacles in Roman Africa
Date 15 June 2016
Time 10:00 -11:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

A. Sparreboom: Venationes Africanae. Hunting Spectacles in Roman North Africa: Cultural Significance and Social Function.


Prof. E.A. Hemelrijk


Dr O.M. van Nijf


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.