Stand down on your Sandy Kenyon Taxi TV pics. New challenge: Peter Weller explaining Roman architecture on the History Channel via airplane TV. Here is one of two I was barely able to get. A signed COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE box set goes to the first person who gets me a transcript of Weller’s “blood, beasts, and stench” monologue on the Coliseum. (Taken with Instagram)
Although the real spectacle happened up here in the arena, the backbone, the nerve center, the real support system of the arena was down below, and the upper gym. And there were lion runs, cages for wild animals being taunted, gladiators sharpening their swords preparing for death, condemned criminals in cages. Now as the games begin, a trap door in the arena floor will open, and by a system of pulleys an elevator will hoist another lion or panther up into the arena. When the trapdoor opens, we’re bathed in light, we hear the yells, the throng enjoying the games, and then the trapdoor will close again, leaving us contemplating our own demise amongst the screams, lamentations and stench of blood, beasts and men.