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dc.creatorMongrain, Caitlin Monroe
dc.date.available2015-08-28T14:07:11Z
dc.date.issued2015-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2346/63686
dc.description.abstractAncient narratives of the Roman arena, such as those included in the texts of Tacitus, Cassius Dio, Juvenal, and Martial, frequently emphasize the "novelty" of the events depicted on the sands. These accounts have traditionally been treated as reliable evidence of the craving for "the shock of the new" in arena performances, yet their veracity must be problematized. By examining the context of these narratives, I argue that the presentation of these spectacles as “novel” is more representative of a literary interest in "the new” and of a display of artistic finesse than an exposition of historical fact.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectRoman arena
dc.subjectRoman spectacle
dc.subjectNovelty
dc.subjectTacitus
dc.subjectCassius Dio
dc.subjectJuvenal
dc.subjectMartial
dc.subjectLiterary novelty
dc.subjectGladiator
dc.subjectVenationes
dc.subjectLudi meridiones
dc.titleThe spectacle of the "New": Novelty in the Roman arena as a literary trope
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineClassics
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.departmentClassical Modern Languages and Literature
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKelly, Corby
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLavigne, Donald E.
dc.contributor.committeeChairLarmour, David H. J.
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