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Are Roman Circuses an example of cruel and unusual punishment?

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Started: 4/20/2017 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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I believe that Roman Circuses are an example of cruel and unusual punishment. They lead people to believe that violence is acceptable.


Roman"s conquered most of the known world and fighting arenas were common in the roman empire. So, it would not have been considered unusual for this time in history to have them, it would have been considered unusual NOT to have them. So the second part of your challenge is void.

So, that only leaves if they were cruel or not. The key to that, is what was normal in that time? If you go from living in a 5-star hotel to the fighting pits, yes it"s cruel, but slaves were regularly raped, beaten, and the pits provided them a chance to end that. Personally, I feel like getting sodomized, beaten, and living the rest of my life in chains is more to suffer than death. To say it another way, I believe torture is crueler than death, ergo the pits were not "cruel" in comparison with slavery.

So the pits were neither cruel nor unusual.
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