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Gladiator

Ben Hubbard

With their origins as blood rites staged at the funerals of rich aristocrats, gladiatorial combat is one of the defining images of ancient Rome. For more than 600 years, people flocked to arenas to watch these highly-trained warriors participate in... Read moreRead less

With their origins as blood rites staged at the funerals of rich aristocrats, gladiatorial combat is one of the defining images of ancient Rome. For more than 600 years, people flocked to arenas to watch these highly-trained warriors participate in a blood-soaked spectacle that was part sport, part theatre, and part cold-blooded murder. On a single day at Rome’s famous Colosseum, 3,000 men fought; on another, 9,000 animals were slaughtered. Gladiatorial contests were a spectacular dramatization of the Roman emperor’s formidable power.
Gladiator looks at life and service in the Roman arenas from the origins of the games in the third century bce through to the demise of the games in the fifth century ce. It explores the lives of the prisoners of war, criminals, slaves, and volunteers who became gladiators, their training, and the more than 20 types of gladiator they could become, fighting with different types of weapons.
From Spartacus’s slave revolt to the real Emperor Commodius who liked to play at being a gladiator, from female gladiators to the great combats involving hundreds of expensively acquired exotic animals, Gladiator is a colorful, accessible study of the ancient world’s famous warrior entertainers.

Format: 213 x 290mm hb
Extent: 224pp
Word count: 50000
Illustrations: 200 artworks & photos

Ben Hubbard

Ben Hubbard is a nonfiction author whose titles include Samurai Warrior: The Golden Age of Japan's Elite Warriors 1560–1615, Gladiator, The Viking Warrior and The Plantagenets.

The Amber trade edition ISBN 9781782742524 is currently out of print.

There are Kindle (ISBN 9781782742791) and epub editions available.

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