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Describes the history of gladiators, including types of armor, use of animals, amphitheaters, and how the practice fit into Roman society for almost 700 years.
Despite their sophistication in government and the arts, Romans had a cruel and crude taste for violence, and Watkins traces the growth of the games from the first combat in 264 b.c., at the funeral of Junius Brutus, to the elaborate spectacles that regularly entranced thousands at the Colosseum. A job that was first thought fit only for prisoners of war, slaves, and criminals, it became an honored profession that, at the height of the empire, was more than half-full of distinguished male volunteers (women gladiators were officially banned in a.d. 200). Watkins meticulously reviews the training of gladiators and also takes readers through an upbeat gallery of the various types of gladiators who played the games. The black-and-white drawings capture the elegance of the Roman Colosseum, and the excitement of the sea battles that were held at terrific expense; the renderings of the gladiators are consistently dramatic.
"The heroic and bloody story of the Roman gladiators is retold in Watkins's debut work, a comprehensive and vividly illustrated guide that will impart his obvious passion for the subject to budding historians." — Kirkus Kirkus Reviews
“This eloquent history will make gladiators seem as real for today’s readers as they were over 1,500 years ago.” — Publishers Wekly, starred review Publishers Weekly, Starred
“A winner for students and browsers alike.” — Booklist, starred review Booklist, ALA
Posted July 10, 2001
This book gives a very thorough description of gladiators in ancient Rome. Not only was this book helpful for school , it was a pleasure to read. If you are looking for an interesting book that gives a lot of useful information about gladiators, then this is the book for you!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.