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What comparisons and contrasts can be made between the entertainment in classical Pompeiiand nowadays? Which would you have preferred?

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What comparisons and contrasts can be made between the entertainment in classical Pompeii and nowadays? Which would you have preferred? From what we know of classical Pompeii, we are given a good idea of their interests and their entertainment. They had theatres which held large amounts of people such as the Circus Maximus. This had the capacity to hold more people than many of the football stadiums we have today. I think this is extremely impressive as they would not have had the machines to build them that we have today. The Romans would have used an incredible amount of manpower. The Amphitheatre was basically a large hole in the ground, but it could seat 20000 people, almost the whole population of Pompeii, as well as the gladiators and exotic animals. The Amphitheatre was, and still is, surrounded by a parapet more than two meters high, originally painted with scenes of hunting's, gladiatorial matches and animal fights. I believe this was a way of marketing what was on offer within the Amphitheatre. ...read more.

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These actors performed in many plays portraying poetic drama created by poets and scholars in Pompeii at that time. Comedies and mimes were the main entertainment in the theatre. The mimes included clowning, dancing, juggling and athletic exhibitions. Often, the plays and entertainment would end with nude women on the stage. The people of Pompeii and all the other cities were obsessed with sex. The theatres were very similar to those of today as both performed theatrical plays. These are the same categories which we have in today's plays. The theatres in the Pompeian society were bigger than the theatres we have today. The theatre of Pompeii had the capacity of a very large audience with suggested figures of approximately 5-10,000 people. Their theatres had smaller theatres next to them. These were called Odeon. The theatre was publicly owned and both the large and smaller theatres charged no entrance fee. Another form of entertainment for the Romans was the shops, bars and restaurants. The shops lined many of the main Roman streets, fronting houses or high rise residential blocks. ...read more.

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One of Pompeii's forms of entertainment was the Baths. For all classes of Romans this was the main meeting place. At the Baths they would clean themselves, socialise and discuss business. There were three different bath houses in Pompeii; The Forum Baths, the Central Baths and the Stabian Baths. I think that the closest we have today to Roman Baths are our swimming pool complexes that contain eating and drinking facilities. The Forum Baths would have been quite elaborate and don't think that we would not be able to afford this kind of luxury on a day to day basis. The baths were all free to enter which was good for personal hygiene, as all classes could visit them. I prefer the entertainment that we have on offer today. The current day entertainment uses modern technology, and is therefore far more superior to the Romans'. Although, we do still use bars, theatres and restaurants, as the Romans did. I think that we have managed to create other forms of entertainment as alternatives. The Romans did not have the varied choice that we have today. Thomas Rolfe Year 11 Classics ...read more.

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