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08 The Gladiators from Capua (The Roman Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Lawrence
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March AD 80. In Rome, the Emperor Titus has announced that there will be a hundred days of games to open his new amphitheatre (now known as the Colosseum). Flavia, Nubia and Lupus take this opportunity to go to Rome and search for their missing friend, Jonathan. Their search leads the young detectives straight to the games, where they must face wild beasts and gladiators to accomplish their mission.

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'As always with Caroline Lawrence, the research is impeccable and the ancient Rome she depicts is very real.' -- Elizabeth Hawksley, HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW

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The opening of the Colosseum is full of action and adventure in the eighth exciting Roman Mystery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 876 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books; New Ed edition (9 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY8GC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Million-selling author Caroline Lawrence writes detective stories with the double aim of entertaining children and teaching them. Combining fast-moving plots with historical accuracy means her history mystery stories are beloved of children, parents and teachers.

In 2009, Caroline won the Classical Association Prize for her Roman Mysteries series, which comprises over 20 books and inspired a glossy BBC TV series.

In 2011 Caroline launched a second historical detective series, the Western Mysteries, staring P.K. Pinkerton: a 12-year-old doubly orphaned detective who has trouble "reading people". The Case of the Deadly Desperados was the Sunday New York Times Editors' Choice in February 2012.

Caroline says: "I want to know everything about the past, especially the exciting things. Also the sounds, smells, sights and tastes. I write historical novels because nobody has invented a Time Machine. And I write for kids because 11 is my inner age."

Caroline is also writing a spin-off series of Roman books for readers aged 7+, starting with
The Sewer Demon

Here are the Roman Mystery novels in series order:

The Thieves Of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries 1
The Secrets Of Vesuvius: The Roman Mysteries 2
The Pirates Of Pompeii: The Roman Mysteries 3
The Assassins Of Rome: The Roman Mysteries 4
The Dolphins Of Laurentum: The Roman Mysteries 5
The Twelve Tasks Of Flavia Gemina:The Roman Mysteries 6
The Enemies Of Jupiter: The Roman Mysteries 7
The Gladiators From Capua: The Roman Mysteries 8
The Colossus Of Rhodes: The Roman Mysteries 9
The Fugitive From Corinth: The Roman Mysteries 10
The Sirens Of Surrentum: The Roman Mysteries 11
The Charioteer Of Delphi: The Roman Mysteries 12
The Slave-Girl From Jerusalem: The Roman Mysteries 13
The Beggar Of Volubilis: The Roman Mysteries 14
The Scribes From Alexandria: The Roman Mysteries 15
The Prophet From Ephesus: The Roman Mysteries 16
The Man From Pomegranate Street: The Roman Mysteries 17

Here are the mini-mysteries:

The Legionary From Londinium And Other Mini-Mysteries
Trimalchio's Feast And Other Mini-Mysteries

Plus quiz books, omnibus editions, a travel book and a treasury:

The First Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Second Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 1-3) (B) (Feb)
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 4-6) (B)
From Ostia To Alexandria With Flavia Gemina
The Roman Mysteries Treasury

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Good History - Some Gory Bits 15 July 2009
This series is a wonderful introduction to Ancient Rome, warts and all. This book is the most gruesome yet, with a recounting of Titus' games of 80AD. In this book the children from Ostia are missing Jonathan, who is presumed dead after the fire in Rome, but Lupus hears of a curly haired boy beggar boy in Rome who claims to have stated the fire, and thinking this just might be their friend, the children set off once again to investigate the mystery.

Full of rich historical detail, this book is also an enthralling story. Children of about 8+ will love it, but parents be warned - there is some gruesome (if entirely authentic) stuff here. Think "horrible histories" but with a better storyline!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How many more as great as this book 8 Oct. 2004
Caroline larwence has done it again, she has created a great book with Jonathan going missing and Flavia and here gang going to find him but the hundred days of gladiator fighting gets in there way. Nubia plays with animals,Lupus goes underground but overall jonathan is found I can't wait for the next one!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gladiators from Capua 19 May 2005
By Yusra
The Gladiators from Capua is a great book. Its one of the best books Caroline Lawernce has written yet. This book goes into some emotional moments and of Nubia's past. It's also about Jonathan, who in this book is a gladiator named Prometheus. Basically, this book is about four best friends; Flavia, Nubia, Lupus and Jonathan who care about each other. Jonathan is said to be dead and was the one who started the big fire which killed a lot of people. Lupus, a mute boy, finds out that Jonathan is alive and is in Rome. Flavia, Lupus, and Nubia go out in search for Jonathan. Lupus overhears people talking about the boy who started the fire and is living on top of a hill. On the hill, they find a girl who tells them that the boy with curly hair (Jonathan) has just left the hill and has gone to the amphitheatre. Caudex, Flavia's slave and bodyguard, used to be a gladiator in training but then quit because he didn't like seeing blood. Caudex knew where the gladiators were kept during the practice.Then Caudex suddenly disappears. Lupus then finds out that all the gladiators that will be fighting and dying are all Jews.
Nubia runs into an old friend and his lion Monobaz. Monobaz's owner has a son who works at the amphitheater. From my point of view I would say that Nubia and Monabaz's owner's son like each other. Then,the fighting between the gladiators start.
Human gladiators, men gladiators, women gladiators, child gladiators, beasts and criminals fought. During the fights, Nubia wins a lottery ball. Inside it is a paper on which the word "gladiator" was written. Nubia had just won a lottery ball! The battle continued for some other days until one day, gladiators from Capua walked into the amphitheatre. One of them was Nubia's brother whome she was seperated from when slave dealers sold her.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fighting off crocodiles with a banana 2 Sept. 2007
By Grinbug
Caroline Lawrence's vivid - and sometimes disturbing - descriptions really bring to life the savage bloodshed of the Inaugural Games. The three remaining friends witness bloody beast combats, a bloodbath renamed as a beast hunt featuring barely armed beast hunters, a grisly parade of informers, and public executions re-enacting horrible deaths from myths.
This is my favourite Roman Mysteries book because the descriptions are very rich in detail and it tells you exactly what it was like to live in Ancient Roman times. I think that other people should read it because it really draws you in and even by the end of just the first book you feel like you know the characters very well. Another reason I like this book is because they have a lot of information in them. There are maps and diagrams at the front depending on the location and what the book is based around. For example, at the front of "The Gladiator from Capua" there is cross-section of the Colosseum, maps of Rome, and the complicated seating plan for the amphitheatre according to rank.
To summarize, therefore, it is very readable but still very deep in texture and is a colourful and satisfying read.

Reader Aged 12
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite so far! 27 Dec. 2009
A Kid's Review
I got the first 15 books of the roman mysteries as a christmas present. I love them! I am reading the 13th book(the slave girl from Jerusalem). The gladiators from Capua is my favourite so far! I love the part when Nubia wins a lottery ball and has the hard desicion to save Jonathan or her long lost brother. It is an exciting read and I couldn't put it down! I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone intrested in roman history and adventure.

Age 9
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nail-biting 13 Mar. 2013
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A very very very good book i couldn't take my eyes off it I can't wait for the next one.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The Gladiators from Capua is the new, excellent book from Caroline Lawrence. It is the eight book in the series of the Roman Mysteries. The three friends go off to Rome to visit Flavia's family and see the games at the Colleseum. Thinking that their other friend, Jonathan, is not dead, they risk their lives to find him. Nubia plays with animals, Lupus lurks underground and Flavia appears on stage risking her life in front of the Emperor. Enough said, buy the book.
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