They are similar in a variety of ways, but three impress me most. They both use distracting types of blood sports to divert the people's attention from problems. The Hunger Games have a lot of similarities with games in the Coliseum. Both result in the death of humans.
They are trying to maintain control of large areas from long distances. This takes a lot of resources and people, and eventually becomes impossible to govern. Revolt occurs, and when it is not put down it spreads.
They are both in a state of decline and don't realize the extent of the trouble. This is largely due to the size of the "empire".
It is like the gladiators. They fought till their deaths until the last victor stood whether it be an animal or a human. The public would have huge gatherings and watch this horrendous bloody act as entertainment when others would simply be slaughtered. This is exactly how it is in the Hunger Games.
I don't know if anyone else has noticed but if you know Julius Caesar? The play by Shakespeare from Plutarch? It takes place in Rome, anyway.
Well, a lot of characters are named from the characters in that play.
Caesar, Cinna, Flavius, Octavius... :)
they are similar in quite a few ways. the biggest of which is that they opress the districts like rome opressed the cities they conquered. they allow the districts some breathing room as rome did but if even the tiniest attack on the capitol comes to light they come down with an iron fist.