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The gladiator : the secret history of Rome's warrior slaves

Author: Alan Baker
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Condemned and yet feared by emperors, slaughtered and yet adored by the masses, and loved by women, the gladiator's life was invariably short, dramatic, and desperately violent. His existence was an abyss of bloody darkness illuminated only faintly by the distant hope of honor, wealth, public attention, and the adoration of women. Yet men gave up their freedom to become gladiators, noblewomen gave up their positions  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Baker
ISBN: 0312284039 9780312284039
OCLC Number: 47859003
Notes: "First published in Great Britain by Ebury Press"--Title page verso.
Description: 223 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Duty to the dead --
A branch of politics --
How to kill, how to die --
The revolt of Spartacus --
Curio's swivelling amphitheatre --
Realms of chaos --
Duels to the death --
Battles upon the water --
Battles against the beasts --
The emperors who fought as gladiators --
The horror of the executions --
A day at the games --
The end of a cruel era.
Other Titles: Secret history of Rome's warrior slaves
Responsibility: Alan Baker.
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Condemned and yet feared by emperors, slaughtered and yet adored by the masses, and loved by women, the gladiator's life was invariably short, dramatic, and desperately violent. His existence was an abyss of bloody darkness illuminated only faintly by the distant hope of honor, wealth, public attention, and the adoration of women. Yet men gave up their freedom to become gladiators, noblewomen gave up their positions to elope with them, and emperors risked death to fight these slaves. The Gladiator deftly charts the history of the Roman games, showing that they were more than just violent entertainment; they were a part of the political and cultural life of Rome as a whole. But above all else, it gives the reader an intense view of what a day at the games must have been like.--Publisher.

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