1. Introduction: Murderous Games - The Gifford Lectures (Mary Beard)

This lecture introduces some of those moral and ethical dilemmas in studying the classical world, asking how we understand remote ancient cultures that have come to stand both for the pinnacle of "civilisation" and for the nadir of corruption and cruelty. Choosing the gladiatorial games as one case study, it takes aim at the sense of moral superiority that we so often display in the face of some of antiquity's worst "crimes". The Ancient World and Us: From Fear and Loathing to Enlightenment and Ethics - Mary Beard