Gladiators: A Guide to the Deadly Warriors

Overview

Slaves and captured enemies were forced to become gladiators in ancient Rome. These fighters battled to the death in front of thousands of people. Step into the arena with these brave warriors to find out about their everyday life, how they trained, what it took to survive these brutal events.

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Overview

Slaves and captured enemies were forced to become gladiators in ancient Rome. These fighters battled to the death in front of thousands of people. Step into the arena with these brave warriors to find out about their everyday life, how they trained, what it took to survive these brutal events.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Reviewed alongside all volumes in the "History's Greatest Warriors" series (includes Ninjas, Gladiators, Samurai, and Vikings), this volume briefly outlines the history of gladiatorial combat which extended over 700 years and incorporated a wide variety of styles of combat and weaponry, based on the peoples conquered and conscripted into battle. Famous gladiators were memorialized in art and story including Spartacus who led a prolonged but failed slave revolt. Training schools and exhibition venues were scattered throughout the Roman Empire and their architectural remains are some of the most commonly visited sites today. The series identifies university history faculty as consultants for individual volumes but otherwise cites no sources for factual information, and no note is provided about individual authors. Unfamiliar words are highlighted in the text, defined at the bottom of the page where originally found, and accumulated into a glossary at the end of the text. Limited sources for further reading are offered as well as a link to the "FactHound" website which accompanies most Capstone publications. A short index is appropriate to the limited content, which is spread across glossy full-color pages of photographs, charts, and color-blocks of topical information. High-end production values will entice reluctant readers but, especially given the price, this should be supplemental material only. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429666022
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: History's Greatest Warriors Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: IG830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William Caper has written more than 20 children’s books. He often writes about history, geography, science, film, and animals. William’s interests include travel, nature, history, movies, and plays. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Erin and their dog Face.
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