The hunger games and roman gladiators

The tributes are paraded before the adoring crowds in chariots, just as gladiators paraded in their colourful armour before fighting.

Roman crowds loved to see a fast gladiator type against a slower more armored one.

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As a result, both bread and circuses factor into the dynamics of the Hunger Games themselves. The taxes collected from the conquered Roman provinces in the form of raw goods, money, and the direct labor of slaves were what enabled Rome itself to live a life of such splendor and excess. It does not seem unfamiliar though as many cities in the world now follow the Roman grid design with the city square and government buildings. Katniss volunteered to go into the games when her sister got reaped. Katniss, like some of the gladiators volunteered themselves up. The historical role they mimic is that of the Lanista. This concept is also derived from ancient Rome. The Hunger Games vs. The premise of a tyrannical power exacting living, breathing tribute from conquered neighbors comes from Greek myth. Panem consists of twelve districts and one Capitol. A gladiator could generally retire after five years or if they gained fame with the crowds and frequently won fights in the Arena, the Editor might grant them a Rudis. The fact that Peacekeepers must commit to 20 years in the service and can't marry during that time-- the exact official requirement of a Roman soldier. Gladiators fought one on one and the vanquished was usually allowed to plead for his life. Also interesting is that the Tributes from the "Military District" will volunteer to enter The gladiatorial like Hunger Games instead of being forced to enter.

The Darwinian scenario of the Hunger Games is closer to the execution of prisoners by sword and by condemnation to the beasts that accompanied the more ritualised and carefully staged pairings of gladiator types.

Interestingly, you seem to have to be a citizen of the Capital, or from a closely and highly favored District, to serve in the Peacekeepers.

The hunger games and roman gladiators

The tributes fight each other to the death until there is one left. It usually overlooked the Forum and had a raised platform for addressing the crowds just like the Justice Building. He is not an elected president as you might think of in a democratic country. Persecution of Christians went on in Rome sporadically from the time of Nero until the age of Constantine. Retired gladiators also much sought after as entertainers and were offered large sums of money or coerced into going back in and fighting again. In the Capitol the main entertainment is The Hunger Games. This seems to indicate that the Districts are more like what the conquered Provinces were to Rome. Also missing are Japanese and Chinese style weapons. There is a nice section of town off to the side where larger houses are situated and where the Victors of the games live. Margolis The Hunger Games are every bit as brutal and inventive as the gladiatorial games.

These public executions were a gruesome reminder to non-combatants, fellow citizens or subjects, that vengeance would be exacted if they betrayed their country, rebelled or were convicted of serious crimes. Because Rome conquered so much of the world and influenced so much architecture.

Juvenal is referring to chariot racing in the circus, circenses, but Collins draws more heavily on the gladiatorial games. The wealthier merchant class and the basic poor laborers. Rome had many different Arenas as each major town had their own.

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The Capital also has the "City Center" which seems similar on a grander scale. For ancient archetypes, cf. The Impresario and the Rudarius are the Gamemakers in every respect.

All very Roman in their description as the same things happened in ancient Rome with the rise and fall of Caesar and the various Roman Emperors. In Panem, they all live in the Capital.

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