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The Gladiator: The Secret History of Rome's Warrior Slaves

The Gladiator: The Secret History of Rome's Warrior Slaves

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by Alan Baker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0091886546

ISBN-13: 9780091886547

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random

Condemned yet feared by emperors, slaughtered yet adored by the masses, and loved by women, the gladiator lived an invariably short and violent life. His existence was an abyss of bloody darkness illuminated only faintly by the prospect of honor, wealth, public attention, and the amorous attentions of adoring women. With fear and danger as his constant companions, his

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Condemned yet feared by emperors, slaughtered yet adored by the masses, and loved by women, the gladiator lived an invariably short and violent life. His existence was an abyss of bloody darkness illuminated only faintly by the prospect of honor, wealth, public attention, and the amorous attentions of adoring women. With fear and danger as his constant companions, his enemy was as likely to be a starved tiger as a fellow battle-hardened human being. Yet men gave up their freedom to become gladiators, noblewomen gave up their positions to elope with them, and emperors risked death to fight these slaves.

A work of history that reads like fiction, The Gladiator re-creates the stories of Spartacus, Commodus, Caligula, and others, bringing to life this most extraordinary empire and the unique players in the gladiatorial arena.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780091886547
Publisher:
Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random
Publication date:
08/28/2002

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Chapter 1Duty to the Dead7
Chapter 2A Branch of Politics31
Chapter 3How to Kill, How to Die41
Chapter 4The Revolt of Spartacus59
Chapter 5Curio's Swivelling Amphitheatre67
Chapter 6Realms of Chaos75
Chapter 7Duels to the Death81
Chapter 8Battles Upon the Water87
Chapter 9Battles Against the Beasts97
Chapter 10The Emperors Who Fought as Gladiators113
Chapter 11The Horror of the Executions127
Chapter 12A Day at the Games149
Chapter 13The End of a Cruel Era195
Glossary207
Bibliography and Suggested Further Reading213

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The Gladiator: The Secret History of Rome's Warrior Slaves 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a total failure. I bought the book assuming that it would be a work of non-fiction. However, the last 1/3 of the book is a "Day at the games" where for no apparent reason Baker launches into an extended fiction work describing a gladatorial contest. I bought this book for facts, not fiction. The first section ambles along well enough, but then it falls into a totally unreadable fiction segment. Save your money and watch the history channel special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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