Gladiators at Pompeii

Gladiators at Pompeii


By (author) Luciana Jacobelli

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  • Publisher: Getty Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 248mm x 16mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 19 February 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Santa Monica CA
  • ISBN 10: 0892367318
  • ISBN 13: 9780892367313
  • Illustrations note: 120 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,416,936

Product description

The brutal, thrilling world of gladiators was a popular motif in the art of Pompeii, as this informative book demonstrates. "Gladiators at Pompeii", illustrated with striking Pompeiian depictions of these ancient combatants, presents a complete picture of the gladiators of the Roman Empire and the highly organized and regulated tournaments in which they competed. Luciana Jacobelli reveals the latest evidence on the best-documented categories of gladiators, their origins, social status, equipment and training. Originally staged for the funeral rights of prominent Roman citizens, gladiatorial games eventually became a tool for career politicians to both gain popularity and appease the often turbulent masses. While most gladiators were slaves or prisoners of war forced into a career of battle, others were criminals or free men from prominent families who aspired to fame and fortune. Surprisingly, there are even records of women gladiators.

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