UBC Graduate Research

Spectacular Antiquity: An examination of the psychological exploitation of extraordinary human specimens in Ancient Rome Gardner, Chelsea


[This presentation provides an overview of the following website described below: https://spectacularantiquity.wordpress.com/] This website is an attempt to present traditional, academic research in a non-traditional way. The focus of the research is the human body as a “spectacle” in and of itself, and the psychological aspects involved in exploiting individual persons for visual display in ancient Rome. The study focuses on the abnormal human body, and situations where the human form was regarded as “spectacular” due to its unusual physical properties. The collected data is presented on this website in such a way that is intentionally an alternative to traditional academic writing and publishing; instead, I have endeavoured to create an open, searchable, online venue where my research could be made accessible to anyone who has the desire to see it.

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