The Gladiator: The Secret History of Rome's Warrior Slaves

The Gladiator: The Secret History of Rome's Warrior Slaves

by Alan Baker

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Overview

Alan Baker weaves an extraordinary, vivid picture of Roman life as his compelling and evocative history tells the story of Rome's most notable gladiators. They were condemned and feared by emperors, slaughtered and adored by the masses and worshipped by their female fans, yet their lives were invariably violently short.

Whether their enemy was a starved tiger or a battle-hardened criminal, their numbered days were dark and bloody. Yet men gave up their wealth and freedom to become gladiators and noble-women gave up their positions to be with them. The Gladiator illuminates the extraordinary lives of Spartacus, Commodus, Eppia and others - bringing the same energy and passion to the page that Ridley Scott's cinematic triumph bough to the screen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781446408605
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 12/23/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 528 KB

About the Author

Alan Baker was born in Birmingham in 1964 and studied English at the University of Reading.

Table of Contents



Introduction

1

Ch. 1

Duty to the Dead

7

Ch. 2

A Branch of Politics

31

Ch. 3

How to Kill, How to Die

41

Ch. 4

The Revolt of Spartacus

59

Ch. 5

Curio's Swivelling Amphitheatre

67

Ch. 6

Realms of Chaos

75

Ch. 7

Duels to the Death

81

Ch. 8

Battles Upon the Water

87

Ch. 9

Battles Against the Beasts

97

Ch. 10

The Emperors Who Fought as Gladiators

113

Ch. 11

The Horror of the Executions

127

Ch. 12

A Day at the Games

149

Ch. 13

The End of a Cruel Era

195



Glossary

207



Bibliography and Suggested Further Reading

213


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