To get a better understanding of violence in ancient Rome, do some research.

Violence and the Romans: The Arena Spectacles
Murderous Games: Gladiatorial Contests in Ancient Rome
Watch This Video: The Roman Colosseum
Crime and Punishment in Ancient Rome

Respond in writing to the following questions after exploring the internet sites and video above.

What type of violence-based leisure activities do Americans participate in and/or support?   
In ancient Rome, the death penalty was common for criminals, prisoners of war, and for people in positions of power. In what ways does our society mirror the ancient Romans when it comes to these three areas? How is our society different?