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The ten thousand things and the one true only.

by Kip Manley

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Things to keep in mind:
The secret of the spectacle.

What, for example, of those who flogged refreshments to the crowds, who put up the seating or cleared up the mess at the end of the day? What of the spectators who found the sun too hot or the rain too wet, who could hardly see the wonderful extravaganza that others applauded, or who found themselves mixed up in the outbreaks of violence that could be prompted by the spectacle?

Mary Beard


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