reply to post by zatara
History has always been one of my best academic areas. Roman era is not a specialty of mine but I have a general understanding of it. Spartacus is
Rome around 80-70BC so that was still Roman Republic times. First to note is that there was nowhere near as much racial diversity in Rome as depicted
in the show, which should be obvious. The people were not as radically different in appearance as they are today around the Mediterranean because the
Arab invasion was still centuries away. Greece and Rome dominated the area in all conceivable ways.
There is no doubt Rome was brutal, you cannot have a nation which enjoys such slaughter as the arena for entertainment and not have a very masculine
society. Culture was largely defined by the social hierarchy and different sexes. Sex was not viewed as so promiscuous since the Christian concepts of
hiding ‘private’ areas which were to be viewed only by your spouse, had not yet existed. Prostitution was well known, so were orgies, especially
among the elite. Private celebrations did often feature sexual acts for entertainment. Wine was consumed more than usual because clean water was not
Overall I would say Spartacus exaggerates some of it but overall hits the point. Christianity definitely changed Europe, whether you consider it for
better or worse is your decision. Pagan rituals often involved animal slaughter, and sometimes human offerings or orgies.