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There Is Nothing Like a Game

Archaeology magazine has posted a fine introduction to “the games” — gladiatorial combat, public executions and such — the bloody public entertainment of ancient Rome. Christians were often placed in the center ring as victims in these violent spectacles. But, even in the years of relative peace, the Fathers condemned the blood sports of the arena.

3 thoughts on “There Is Nothing Like a Game

  1. Does anybody know what’s happened to Roger Pearse and The whole domain is coming up 404.

    And I know it was up just yesterday night!

  2. The disappearance of would indeed be a cause for alarm, but not to worry. Roger posted an explanation on his blog (
    “ will be inaccessible for the remainder of the month. This is because on 30th August and 1st September my site was hit by massive overusage of the Additional Fathers url — apparently all the index page — with the result that my ISP intends to charge me $40 overusage fees unless the average drops. I can find no way to avoid this except by taking down the site and hoping for the best. My apologies to everyone.”

  3. Yay! Well, not yay, but better than anything I was imagining.

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