Just reminds me of that scene in Gladiator.
Games. One hundred and fifty days of games. He's cleverer than I thought. Clever. The whole of Rome would be laughing at him... if they weren't so afraid of his praetorian. Fear and wonder-- a powerful combination. You really think the people are going to be seduced by that? I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob.
Conjure magic for them, and they'll be distracted. Take away their freedom, and still they'll roar.