Gladiator: Rome's Bloody Spectacle

Gladiator: Rome's Bloody Spectacle

Hardback General Military

By (author) Konstantin S. Nossov

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 242mm x 28mm | 921g
  • Publication date: 17 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846034728
  • ISBN 13: 9781846034725
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Sales rank: 731,483

Product description

From the high-walls and cheering crowds of the Roman Coliseum to the dark dungeons where prisoners spent their last peaceful moments, Konstantin Nossov brings the world of the Roman gladiator to life. Using the latest research, Konstantin reconstructs the history of these men who battled for the entertainment of the masses, covering the evolution of gladiatorial combat, the types of gladiator, their equipment, their way of life, and their social status. Although most gladiators were slaves, who fought and died at the whims of the crowd, many were able to elevate their status through victories in the arena to become as popular as today's superstar athletes. Gladiators came from almost every walk of Roman life, from slaves and prisoners forced to fight to volunteers and even nobles who relished the opportunity to test their martial skills. This book covers all aspects of these warriors and paints an intimate portrait of their complex, dangerous and often deadly lives.

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Author information

Konstantin Nossov is a researcher in and advisor on ancient and medieval arms, armor and warfare, as well as the author of numerous books and articles on the subject. His particular areas of interest include the history of weapons, fortification and siege warfare. He has lived all his life in Moscow, Russia, and has travelled extensively in Europe, North Africa, South Asia, Asia Minor and the Far East. Konstantin has written several Osprey books, as well as other English language titles and numerous books in Russian. The author lives in Moscow, Russia.

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"Chosen as one of Living Dice's 2009 tops gifts for wargamers "("Konstantin Nossov's "Gladiator: Rome's Bloody Spectacle" provides a powerful survey of gladatorial games of ancient Rome, offering the newest research on gladiators to revise the standard perception of their combat, equipment, and lives and social status. Any library strong in ancient Roman history will find this a fine narrowed survey of gladiators - some of whome were volunteers seekng fame and fortune." -"The Bookwatch" (January 2010)""Gladiator" offeres the reader an opportunity to get to the richest knowledge of the history of this most interesting phenomenon - the history of Roman Arena where, in blood and gold, magnificent performances developed, which devoured enormous sums of money and took away the lives of thousands of human beings and animals. The books is based on a huge amount of ancient resources, as well as the newest findings and research." -"Dr. Michael Gorelik "(November 2009)"In "Gladiator", Nossov brings together the newest evidence on gladiators to revise our one-sided view of them. Nossov's detailed, highly readable and comprehensive treatment of this enigmatic yet persistently popular phenomenon in "Gladiator "will delight and enlighten readers." -"Sir Read a Lot /" (November 2009)