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The Gladiators: Historys Most Deadly Sport Fik Meijer

The Gladiators: Historys Most Deadly Sport

Fik Meijer

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ISBN : 9780312348748
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283 pages
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Superfit, muscled & macho, gladiators were hero-worshipped for their skills & courage as they fought to the death, yet despised for their humble status. For over six cruel centuries, tens of thousands died in the blood soaked arenas of RomeMoreSuperfit, muscled & macho, gladiators were hero-worshipped for their skills & courage as they fought to the death, yet despised for their humble status. For over six cruel centuries, tens of thousands died in the blood soaked arenas of Rome & its colonies, watched by enthralled crowds screaming for violence. Prof. Fik Meijer has ingeniously pieced together their true stories from contemporary evidence, describing the gladiators origins, daily life, training & the odds of their survival pitted against their legions of fans lust for blood & spectacle.ChronologyIntroductionHow the Gladiator Games EvolvedThe GladiatorsThe Scene of ActionA Day at the ColosseumSea BattlesDead MeatThe End of Gladiator ShowsGladiator FilmsEpilogueGlossaryList of AmphitheatresReferencesBibliographyIndex