The Way of the Gladiator

The Way of the Gladiator


By (author) Daniel P. Mannix

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  • Publisher: ibooks Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 15mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 21 April 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0743413032
  • ISBN 13: 9780743413039

Product description

"Hail Caesar, we who are about to dic salute you"! And die the gladiators did. In a vast marble Colosseum larger than the Yankee Stadium, the people of Rome, patrician and commoner, flocked to see gladiators mangled beneath the hoofs and wheels of horses and chariots, slaughtered by half-starved wild beasts and butchered by well-armed and armoured professionals. With the Empire in decline, death and torture became the only spectacles that satisfied the decadent Romans' longing. The Emperor Trajan gave one set of games that lasted 122 days; at its end, 11 000 people and 10 000 animals had been killed. The people of Rome loved it- and they wanted more. This is the extraordinary and true account of the Roman Games and the gladiators who fought and died in the cruelest, costliest spectacles of all time!

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"If you can imagine a superior American sports writer suddenly being transported back in time to cover the ancient Roman games, you will have some idea of the flavor and zest of The Way of the Gladiator..."