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Gladiator : Fighting for Life, Glory and Freedom

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"When everyone had had plenty to eat and drink they called for the gladiators. The moment anyone's throat was cut, they clapped their hands in pleasure. And it sometimes even turned out that someone had specified in their will that the most beautiful women he had purchased were to fight each other...."
- Athenaeus, The Learned Banqueters

With their origins as blood rites staged at the funerals of rich aristocrats, gladiatorial combat is one of the defining images of ancient Rome. For more than 600 years, people flocked to arenas to watch these highly trained warriors participate in a blood-soaked spectacle that was part sport, part theatre and part cold-blooded murder. Gladiatorial contests were a spectacular dramatisation of the Roman emperor's formidable power.

Gladiator looks at life and service in the Roman arenas from the origins of the games in the third century BCE through to the demise of the games in the fifth century CE. It explores the lives of the prisoners of war, criminals, slaves and volunteers who became gladiators, their training, and the more than 20 types of gladiator they could become, fighting with different types of weapons.

From Spartacus's slave revolt to the real Emperor Commodus who liked to play at being a gladiator, from female gladiators to the great combats involving hundreds of exotic animals, Gladiator is a colourful, accessible study of the ancient world's famous warrior entertainers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 219 x 291 x 20.32mm | 1,244g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 200 photos, maps and artworks; 200 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782749454
  • 9781782749455

Table of contents

ORIGINS

THE EMPERORS' GAMES

THE GLADIATORS

TYPES OF GLADIATOR

A DAY AT THE GAMES

THE DECLINE IN GLADIATORIAL GAMES

Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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About Ben Hubbard

Ben Hubbard is a nonfiction author whose titles include Samurai Warrior: The Golden Age of Japan's Elite Warriors 1560-1615, Gladiator, The Viking Warrior and The Plantagenets.
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