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date: 25 July 2021

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This article discusses actors and gladiators, who were among the most despised and most revered people in Roman society. It looks at how the masses and the Roman elite viewed these marginalized groups of entertainers, and identifies the reasons why the games were considered indispensable despite the risks that they posed to Roman society. It also examines the various venues for performance, from the ludi, or public entertainments, to the agones, or Greek-style contests. The article ends with a discussion of the social statuses and situations of the entertainers.

Keywords: actors, gladiators, entertainers, games, performance venues, social status, social situation

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