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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 1st Edition edition (30 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075243442X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752434421
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 717,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susanna Shadrake is a writer, researcher and consultant to TV and film companies, advising on all aspects of gladiatorial life. She is co-founder and secretary of Britannia, a re-enactment society providing shows for English Heritage, the BBC, Museum of London and the National Trust. She is the author of 'Barbarian Warriors'. She lives in Basildon, Essex.


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Apologies, but I couldn't help using that quote. Contrary to what many people think, it was only attested once, so it wasn't what all gladiators said before they fought. In this outstanding text, Shadrake puts to bed many popular myths about gladiators.

Starting with the origins of the gladiatorial fights at the funeral of prominent men, she follows the development of the 'sport' right into the Empire, detailing the training, the equipment, the classes of fighters and so on. She uses historical reference at all times, as well as making interesting comparisons to modern life. There are plentiful illustrations and excellent colour photos of gladiator reenactors, and a great section detailing the whole spectacle of a fight.

For anyone who's interested in gladiators, this book is a "must-buy". Top class stuff.

Ben Kane, author of Spartacus: The Gladiator.
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This book uncovers the realities of gladiatorial games - the famous ritual of combat, bloodshed and death. There are so many books on this subject, so I was surprised to find a volume packed with new and intriguing information and fresh illustrations. Susanna Shadrake has packed so much into this well balanced, lavishly illustrated and thought-provoking study, showing just why we cannot and should not try to escape our history, it is after all a brilliant study of US.
Through a fresh and honest look at the origins of the games (even before the birth of the Roman Republic), through their zenith in the high Empire, to their conclusion, modern legacy and contemporary re-constructions, she points out with great clarity that these violent spectacles, or indeed the fascination with them has never really left us!
This is a must for anyone interested in the transition from republic to Empire, and how the games mirrored Rome's fortunes, failures and indeed its very identity.
If you liked Robin Lane Fox's Classical World or Boris Johnson's Dream of Rome, you'll certainly like this.
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I saw the author being interviewed on the History Channel and looked her book up on Amazon straight away. I had just returned from Pompeii/Rome and had lots of unanswered questions. This is written from the point of view of an afficionado and if you wanted to know all sorts of quirky stuff about fighting dwarfs, female gladiators and what they had for dinner then this is the book for you. Also for those who want to fantasy role play it gives sound advice for making replica clothing. I think the cover makes it look like just another History book and it is so much more. Give it a go!!!
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An excellent work covering the development and organisation of the gladiatorial contest as a Roman spectacle. Susanna Shadrake also details the development of the various types of gladiator, their place in Roman society, lifestyle, armament and equipment. All of this is covered in a very readable yet scholarly fashion, remaining interesting but avoiding crude sensationalism.
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HASH(0x95138a14) out of 5 stars Explores all aspects of gladiators 13 Nov. 2008
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Aimed at the general reader, this book delves into one of the most fascinating aspects of Roman life: gladiators. The Romans were mad for gladiator fights, and nearly every city the size of a speck boasted an amphitheater.

Because gladiators, especially at first, were drawn from the condemned, Romans looked down upon them as a class. "It was a social stigma to be an actor, as it was to be a gladiator; no decent person would wish to perform in public, whether in the scaena or the arena, as it would expose them to contempt and derision. Strangely, the charioteer was exempted from this social leprosy. For this reason, most performers in Rome were outsiders, foreigners, or slaves; anything but Roman citizens" (p 31). Later some debt ridden, desperate Roman men did volunteer to be gladiators, however.

The arena was drenched with blood. Gladiators did not always fight to the death--their lives were considered too valuable to be thrown away cheaply, but the arena saw plenty of death every day. Elephants were trained to crush condemned men underfoot "Christian noxii were a common sight in the area" (p 29), dragged there to be slaughtered.

The book is rich in interesting anecdotes, such as the fact that the emperor Valentinian kept his favorite man-eating bears in cages right outside his bedroom. Must have made for happy dreams.

Recommended.
The book has plenty of pictures, also, some in color.
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HASH(0x95138a74) out of 5 stars Great content, poor binding 17 Oct. 2014
By Kevin Layfield - Published on Amazon.com
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The book's content is really good. I love that part of it. It is thorough and entertaining. However, for how expensive the book is, the weak glue binding is extremely disappointing. A section of 20 or so pages has already fallen out of the book and I'm not even halfway through it yet.
HASH(0x93ce11e0) out of 5 stars Good book that covers the subject well 27 Oct. 2013
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Nice book for general reading about the history of the gladiator. It give an all around picture of the times in Rome and how the gladiator came into being and their evolution from a funeral rite to the massive games of the Arena. The reading is not too technical and is a easy read. I am pleased to add it to my library.
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