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Crime, Punishment, and Dark Tourism: The Carnivalesque Spectacles of the English Judicial System

  • Tony Seaton
  • Graham M. S. Dann
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Abstract

Trial and punishment may seem far removed from the hedonism of travel and tourism, but they have been associated throughout history. The Romans, who ruled Europe for 1000 years, crucified political prisoners, criminals, and escaping slaves along the Via Appia—the main highway that led travellers in and out of Rome. The Crucifixion of Christ was staged by the Romans in Jerusalem, as a recreational spectacle on the feast of the Passover—a Jewish public holiday. And, Rome’s most famous ruin, the Colosseum, was once the leading tourist attraction for thousands of Romans, who came to watch the execution of Christians and other enemies of the state, who had been sentenced to death in gladiatorial contests with wild beasts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony Seaton
    • 1
    • 2
  • Graham M. S. Dann
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.University of BedfordshireLutonUK
  3. 3.University of Tromsø – Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway

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