It is the same type of sentiment that can be found in Seneca’s writings, both on the crowds and Ep. 30.8. Seneca (generally) warns against falling into the spectacle of the games because, when critiqued outside of their wonder, they are actually harmful to human understanding. In Ep. 30.8, Seneca warns against misunderstanding the moment of death as illustrated by the warriors in the games, stating “But an end that is near at hand, and is bound to come, calls for tenacious courage of the soul; this is a rarer thing, and none but the wire man can manifest it.”
Seneca warns spectators to understand that death is moment unto the person itself and though watching the games might teach one of a nobel death, it does not do enough to prepare a man to meet his own end. That is something we have seen in past writings, that men should focus on the self in order to have a nobel death. That leading a proper life will contribute to a noble death.