The violent games were put on for the entertainment of the people. There was chariot races, animal fighting, gladiator fighting, and more. The games were held 10 to 12 times per year and served as a distraction from the real problems. The emperors held the games and tried to out preform the year before, making them more expensive to have. They also became frequent. Today you can see the Colosseum where these games were once held.
Clash of Giants: Always Winning But Never the Victor. Hannibal was losing ground in Spain when his brother Hasdrubal led reinforcements through the Alps. Hasdrubal was defeated and slain before he could link up with his brother's army and Hannibal's first sight of his dead brother was when his severed head was thrown by the Romans into Hannibal's camp. Original artwork from Look and Learn no. 926 (20 October 1979).