Claudia and the Gladiator

Claudia and the Gladiator

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In "Claudia and the Gladiator," Betty Williams magically takes readers to another place and time. The year is 166 AD, and eleven-year-old Claudia Marcella lives with her father about fifteen miles outside of Rome. An only child and motherless, Claudia is left for stretches at a time with the household's two slaves as her father captains his small fleet of ships. On one of his visits home, Claudia seeks her father's approval to enter an oratory competition that is only open to boys. Determined to compete, and with her father's approval, Claudia challenges the existing rules and ultimately is allowed to participate. Soon thereafter, Claudia meets a student named Alexander who is a slave, and also happens to be a gladiator. Using her oratorical skills, Claudia saves Alexander from a terrible fate, and in so doing demonstrates that all determined children are capable of extraordinary achievements.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 10.16mm | 158.76g
  • Vantage Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0533162432
  • 9780533162437

About Mr. Maurice Williams

The late Betty Williams was editor of the Journal of the American Association of University Women and president of the Educational Press Association in Washington, D.C. She served as editor of "Aspects," the journal of the Association of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her husband Maurice was a foreign service officer and United Nations official; in the course of their busy lives together, the couple lived in London, Tehran, Karachi, Paris, and Rome, and raised three sons, Jon, Peter, and Stephen. The author's other publications include "Appropriate Technology for Women" and "Working with Villages," a manual to advance the role of women in development.show more