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.
A. Sparreboom: Venationes Africanae. Hunting Spectacles in Roman North Africa: Cultural Significance and Social Function.
Prof. E.A. Hemelrijk
Dr O.M. van Nijf
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