The Shows, or De Spectaculis
The Shows, or De Spectaculis
Tertullian

Translated by the Rev. S. Thelwall.
Table of Contents


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Chapter I. Ye Servants of God, about to draw near to God…

Chapter II. Then, again, every one is ready with the argument that all things…

Chapter III. Fortified by this knowledge against heathen views, let us rather turn to the unworthy reasonings…

Chapter IV. Lest any one think that we are dealing in mere argumentative subtleties…

Chapter V. In the matter of their origins, as these are somewhat obscure and but little known…

Chapter VI. To the testimony of antiquity is added that of later games instituted in their turn…

Chapter VII. The two kinds of public games, then, have one origin…

Chapter VIII. To follow out my plan in regard to places…

Chapter IX. Now as to the kind of performances peculiar to the circus exhibitions.…

Chapter X. Let us pass on now to theatrical exhibitions, which we have already shown have a…

Chapter XI. In fulfilment of our plan, let us now go on to consider the combats.…

Chapter XII. It remains for us to examine the "spectacle" most noted of all…

Chapter XIII. We have, I think, faithfully carried out our plan of showing in how many different…

Chapter XIV. Having sufficiently established the charge of idolatry, which alone ought to be reason enough for…

Chapter XV. Having done enough, then, as we have said, in regard to that principal argument…

Chapter XVI. Since, then, all passionate excitement is forbidden us, we are debarred from every kind of…

Chapter XVII. Are we not, in like manner, enjoined to put away from us all immodesty? On…

Chapter XVIII. But if you argue that the racecourse is mentioned in Scripture…

Chapter XIX. We shall now see how the Scriptures condemn the amphitheatre.…

Chapter XX. How vain, then -- nay, how desperate -- is the reasoning of persons…

Chapter XXI. The heathen, who have not a full revelation of the truth…

Chapter XXII. What wonder is there in it? Such inconsistencies as these are just such as we…

Chapter XXIII. Seeing, then, man's own reflections, even in spite of the sweetness of pleasure…

Chapter XXIV. In how many other ways shall we yet further show that nothing which is peculiar…

Chapter XXV. Seated where there is nothing of God, will one be thinking of his Maker? Will…

Chapter XXVI. Why may not those who go into the temptations of the show become accessible also…

Chapter XXVII. We ought to detest these heathen meetings and assemblies…

Chapter XXVIII. With such dainties as these let the devil's guests be feasted.…

Chapter XXIX. Even as things are, if your thought is to spend this period of existence in…

Chapter XXX. But what a spectacle is that fast-approaching advent of our Lord…




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