These Violent Delights

The entertainment-crazed Romans prove that when distractions dominate, the tough but vital business of sustaining an empire is left undone.

When 130 million Americans watched the Super bowl on Jan. 30, 2000, they saw an ad for the upcoming epic historical film Gladiator. The spot rapidly cut between footage of colliding football players in an NFL arena and bloodied gladiators in the Roman Coliseum.

That comparison between the popular entertainment of ancient Rome and that of modern America was more apt than we may want to admit.

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