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Roman society was very cultured and heavily influenced by the ancient Greeks.

 

  They had books, art (paintings and sculptures,) music and plays that all borrowed from the Greeks.

Stadiums were the setting for much Roman entertainment.  

 

The most famous Roman stadium is the CIRCUS MAXIMUS in Rome.  Here they would hold horse and chariot racing.  

 

Sometimes they would also flood it and hold ship battles!

Arts and entertainment

 

The Romans also had some forms of entertainment that we would not consider so “cultured” or “civilized"!

The Romans organized fights to the death between trained slaves called GLADIATORS.

Sometimes wild animals such as Lions and Tigers were involved.  

 

The Romans loved seeing blood!

Roman men would entertain themselves with sports such as racing, handball, jumping, boxing and wrestling.

They also enjoyed gambling, dice and board games. 

Roman ladies enjoyed large dinner parties which would involve dancing, music and poetry readings.  

Even the Romans might have baulked at watching Big Brother...

 

...and they watched people being eaten by lions!