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Condemned and yet feared by emperors, almost certain to be slaughtered and yet adored by the masses, the gladiator was the superstar of his day. His existence was invariably short and violent, improved only faintly by the prospect of honor, wealth, and public attention. Yet men gave up their freedom to become gladiators, noblewomen gave up their positions to elope with them, and Emperors risked death to fight them. This thrilling popular history of ancient Rome's gladiators charts the evolution of the games; introduces us to the legendary fighters, trainers, and emperors who participated in the violent sport; and re-creates in gripping detail a day at the bloody games. Alan Baker reveals the techniques of the training school, then sets us ringside to witness the torturous battles between bulls, lions, jaguars, and battle-hardened human beings. With each breathtaking scene, the complex culture of world that created and adored these bloody games between man and beast comes into clear focus. A work of history that reads like fiction, The Gladiator brings to life Spartacus, Commodus, Caligula, and all of the other memorable players of the nearly thousand-year-long gladiatorial era.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 10.00(d)|
About the Author
Alan Baker is the author of three previous books. He lives in Hove, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The all time best boom on gladiators is "the gladiators" by Fik Meijer. Mentions refferees. Classes pay. But is not available on the e readers. This book compared to that deserves 3 stars. Tisbook in general deseerve 4. Informative enough but as most historians do, too much can be focussed within the authors interest and not the subject as a whole. This you don't get too much of that but its definatly there. There's few books as good as this on gladiators. But only one is the best.
this book did a great job of giving facts on how the gladiators realy lived, and what the games were realy like, violence, bloodshead and death, I realy injoyed this book because I myself am very interested in anchient rome and the great spectical it gave to it's people, If you are interested at all in the roman gladiators pick this one up and enjoy