Comments: Ugh

Rome has always been a subject of our darker fantasies... look at Gibson's Passion, not to mention Caligula etc.

It was one of the most visibly decadent societies in human history -- gladiators, slaves, bear-baiting between acts of Greek comedies, barracks emperors, etc., ad nauseum -- before our own.

On "malaise", by the way, you're not the only one using the term, though you might be the only one who's actually on the right track....

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at October 27, 2005 06:22 PM

Well, the thing about that kind of fantasy is that mostly people keep it under wraps, understanding that it's not necessarily reflective of the best of human nature.

That's a far cry from glorifying it, which is essentially what happens when you turn it into casual entertainment.

(I went and read Shenkman"s Malaise (Take Two). I think I'd have to re-read Take One before I was able to figure out precisely where he's seeing malaise but we're clearly discussing two entirely different issues.)

Posted by Anne at October 28, 2005 10:16 AM