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Bread & Circuses: a political show

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us to view work by the 2017 A1LabArts membership between the hours of 6-10pm. Art of all kinds including performances & poetry!

This phrase originates from Rome in Satire X of the Roman satirical poet Juvenal (circa A.D. 100). In context, the Latin panem et circenses (bread and circuses) identifies the only remaining cares of a Roman populace which no longer cares for its historical birthright of political involvement. Here Juvenal displays his contempt for the declining heroism of contemporary Romans, using a range of different themes including lust for power and desire for old age to illustrate his argument.[5] Roman politicians passed laws in 140 B.C. to keep the votes of poorer citizens, by introducing a grain dole: giving out cheap food and entertainment, “bread and circuses”, became the most effective way to rise to power.


May 5, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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