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K. Welch, The Roman amphitheatre: from its origins to the Colosseum

Angelo Verlinde (UGent)
(2010) Ancient West and East 9. 9. p.404-406
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Since the predominant part of the conserved amphitheatres are of Imperial date, most scholars have been oblivious to their republican precedents. Symptomatic for this blind spot is Golvin’s pioneering, comprehensive study on the formal and functional aspects of the much discussed typology. Katherine Welch’s work closes this gap fruitfully by devoting her book to the study of the architectural development of the amphitheatre in parallel lines with its socio-historical republican background. In doing this, she reiterates and elaborates on her influential thesis that the amphitheatre was a Roman instead of a Campanian architectural typology. Furthermore, she unmasks the weakness of Hopkins’ thesis, which states that amphitheatres and their gladiatorial spectacles were a gladiatorial spectacles were a product of the principate, in which the Roman homo ludens found a spectacular, yet decadent, alternative for the ubiquitous warfare of the republic. In six engaging chapters, she lays out the historical and social parameters of an inherent Roman building type, tracing its violent tradition and distinct morphology back to belligerent republican institutions in addition to the earliest gladiatorial shows in the Forum Romanum.
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gladiatorial fights, republican, amphitheatre, Flavian amphitheatre, Colosseum, Italian, Roman

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Verlinde, Angelo. “K. Welch, The Roman Amphitheatre: From Its Origins to the Colosseum.” Ancient West and East 9 2010 : 404–406. Print.
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Verlinde, A. (2010). K. Welch, The Roman amphitheatre: from its origins to the Colosseum. Ancient West and East 9. Leuven: Peeters.
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Verlinde, Angelo. 2010. “K. Welch, The Roman Amphitheatre: From Its Origins to the Colosseum.” Ancient West and East 9. Leuven: Peeters.
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Verlinde, Angelo. 2010. “K. Welch, The Roman Amphitheatre: From Its Origins to the Colosseum.” Ancient West and East 9. Leuven: Peeters.
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Verlinde A. K. Welch, The Roman amphitheatre: from its origins to the Colosseum. Ancient West and East 9. Leuven: Peeters; 2010. p. 404–6.
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A. Verlinde, “K. Welch, The Roman amphitheatre: from its origins to the Colosseum,” Ancient West and East 9, vol. 9. Peeters, Leuven, pp. 404–406, 2010.
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