Enter the world of the most heroic, brutal and fearsome fighters of all time. Packed with fascinating facts, famous warrior profiles and amazing artwork, learn all about the devious tactics, wicked weapons and courageous battles fought by warriors.

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Enter the world of the most heroic, brutal and fearsome fighters of all time. Packed with fascinating facts, famous warrior profiles and amazing artwork, learn all about the devious tactics, wicked weapons and courageous battles fought by warriors.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - K. Meghan Robertson
Murrell has created a four book series called "Warriors." The titles in this series, Knight, Samurai, Greek Warrior, and Gladiator, provide a good, rudimentary look at four major warrior types, where they lived and the culture of their worlds, how they trained, and what ultimately led to their decline. The text is presented in a variety of large fonts to assist in visually separating information. Each page is filled with facts and interesting tidbits that answer the page spread's question/heading. Also, the book has bolded terms throughout that are defined in a glossary at the conclusion. The assortment of maps and labeled diagrams cause every page to overflow with vibrant colors. Gladiators are brought to life in this look at their training, styles, and victory or defeat. There is a great spread with some of the different types of gladiators and the weaponry they were permitted to use; for example, the Retiarii, Samnes, Myrmillones, Provocatores, Equites, Velites, Thraeces, and Hoplomachi. Is there any connection from gladiators as a means of entertainments for the Romans to our world today? Take an opportunity to learn more about that, these men, the reason for gladiatorial combat, and even if a gladiator could rise to fame, become an "action figure" or even earn freedom. In addition to the training of gladiators, readers learn more about the time in which gladiators lived, what Rome was like at that time, the arenas in which gladiators battled, and even if women could find or attend battles. There is also tremendous information about and beautiful illustrations of the Colosseum, the audience, and the actual fighting. This and the rest of the "Warriors" series are agreat set for middle school libraries and history, culture, or Latin teachers. Reviewer: K. Meghan Robertson
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7–Murrell presents famous warriors from Spartacus to Alexander the Great while reconstructing in rich detail the tumultuous, exciting worlds they inhabited. What makes these books an improvement over Rourke’s “Warriors” titles is that they forego the story mode and instead provide concise treatments of castle life and the Bushido code, for example. While most of the focus of is placed on battles, tactics, armor, and weapons, the author makes a valiant effort to describe the cultural realms occupied by these warriors. Bold, comprehensible type and full-color and black-and-white illustrations; reproductions; and photographs will make this offering a hit with its target audience, including reluctant readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595667366
  • Publisher: QEB Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/31/2009
  • Series: Warriors Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,008,651
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

What was a gladiator? 4

When did gladiators live? 6

Gladiator school 8

Retiarii, myrmillones, and samnes 10

Provocatores, equites, and velites 12

Gladiators of the Empire 14

The Colosseum 16

The build - up 18

The audience 20

The big day 22

Fight! 24

Win or lose 26

The end of gladiators 28

Glossary 30

Index 32

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