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Gladiators : fighting to the death in ancient Rome

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The gladiator is one of the most enduring figures of Ancient Rome. Heroic, though of lowly status, they fought vicious duels in large arenas filled with baying crowds. The survivor could be either executed (the famous 'thumbs down' signal) or spared at the whim of the crowd or the Emperor. Few lasted more than a dozen fights, yet they were a valuable asset to their owners. But how did they fight and how did their weapons and techniques develop? Who were they? This book gives an entertaining overview of the history of the gladiator, debunking some myths along the way.

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Wadsworth Library - Geneseo 937.06 BIS (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781612005133
  • Physical Description: 159 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
  • Publisher: Oxford, UK : Casemate, 2017.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-156) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
1. Introduction -- 2. Origins -- 3. Rise of the gladiators -- 4. At the peak -- 5. Hardware and venues -- 6. Life as a gladiator -- 7. The end of the gladiators.
Summary, etc.:
The gladiator is one of the most enduring figures of Ancient Rome. Heroic, though of lowly status, they fought vicious duels in large arenas filled with baying crowds. The survivor could be either executed (the famous 'thumbs down' signal) or spared at the whim of the crowd or the Emperor. Few lasted more than a dozen fights, yet they were a valuable asset to their owners. But how did they fight and how did their weapons and techniques develop? Who were they? This book gives an entertaining overview of the history of the gladiator, debunking some myths along the way.
Subject: Gladiators > Rome > History.
Gladiators > Rome > Social life and customs.
Rome > Civilization.
Rome > History > Empire 30 B.C.-476 A.D.


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