As the Roman empire grew, the city sucked in exotic goods, tastes, smells, and, --of course-- sounds from all around the world. In mind-bogglingly narrow street-ways you'd find bellowing animals, street-hawkers, the babble of a dozen languages; some inhabitants loved this sensory over-load, but others ran from it. What would we have heard had visited the city in its heyday? And here could Romans go to get some peace?
The Roaring Crowd from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex travels from the barrage of sound that was the London Olympics to the ruins of the Roman Colosseum. He will explain to us the visceral impact and power of the collective crowd: how it showed approval... and what happened when it was displeased.