The Gladiators: History's Most Deadly Sport

The Gladiators: History's Most Deadly Sport


By (author) Fik Meijer

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  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
  • Format: Hardback | 266 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 211mm x 28mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 29 November 2005
  • ISBN 10: 0312348746
  • ISBN 13: 9780312348748

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Superfit, muscled, and macho, gladiators were hero-worshipped for their skills and courage as they fought to the death, yet despised for their humble status. For over six cruel centuries, tens of thousands died in the blood soaked arenas of Rome and its colonies, watched by enthralled crowds screaming for violence. Professor Fik Meijer has ingeniously pieced together their true stories from contemporary evidence, describing the gladiators' origins, daily life, training, and the odds of their survival pitted against their legions of fans' lust for blood and spectacle.

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