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Posted June 23, 2001
Grant presents a good overview of gladiatorial material, dealing with origins, popularity of the games, types of gladiators, gladiatorial schools and training, and the like. He provides good photographs to support his research. One problem that does not necessarily make for bad reading but certainly undermines scholarly credibility (and the reason I give it a silver medal and not the gold) is that he does not provide biographical data to the references he uses in footnote format or otherwise. For example, when quoting Josephus, he makes no mention of where one might find the particular quote. It is the same with other Greek sources, i.e. Tacitus, Seneca, Pliny, Dio Cassius, etc. Overall, it is a good book for introducing one to the cruelest sport known to mankind. And it is offered for a good price!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.