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
     
 

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… See more details below

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

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