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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Asterix
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Revised edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752866117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752866116
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. ASTERIX THE GAUL, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 34 Asterix albums.

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Gave these books to some junior high kids.
C. Demmin
He decides to bring a Gaul from Asterix's village, as their reputation suggests they might play well as gladiators at Circus Maximus.
General Breadbasket
As a child, I read all of the "classic" Asterix books in Swedish.
Thomas Wikman

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the first Asterix book I have read. The names of the characters are a little weird, but it's still an extremely good book!
Odious Asperagus, the Roman Prefect of Gaul, wants to give Julius Caesar a present. So he kidnaps Cacofonix, the Gaulish bard, to give to Caesar as a present! (Cacofonix is a really bad singer, too!) So, Asterix and Obleix go to rescue Cacofonix from the Romans.
This book is really exciting, interesting, and funny. The pictures in this book are great. My favorite parts are when Obleix says his favorite saying, "These Romans are crazy!" Whenever Obleix smells wild boar, he just dashes for it! (It's his favorite food.)
Me and my Dad are reading it together, even though I finished the whole book already! I think this book is just as super for kids as it is for grown-ups!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Julius Ceasar has conquered Gaul, almost all of it....except that little village of indominatable Gauls that still holds out. Aided by the magic potion of Druid Getafix that confer's superhuman strength, Asterix and Obelix confound Ceasar's plans in bring them under Pax Romana. In Asterix the Gladiator, the village bard Cacofonix (arguably the worst singer in the world) is kidnapped and scheduled to be thrown to the lions in Rome and the only way Asterix and Obleix can rescue him is by becoming gladiators themselves... This is one of the best in the series. The whole crazy cast of them is there...Vitalstatistix, everyone's favorite chief, Fulliautomatix the blacksmith, Unhygenix the fishmonger....and dont miss Cacofonix's hilarious performance in the arena when he decides to serenade the citizens of Rome.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Wikman VINE VOICE on December 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a child, I read all of the "classic" Asterix books in Swedish. As an adult living in the U.S., I am reading them again to my children, but this time in English. This is an old classic, and it is very entertaining.
Asterix and Obelix live in small village in Gaul that Julius Caesar never succeeded to subdue. In this story, the village bard (whose musical talents are beyond frightening), is kidnapped, and sent to Rome as a gift to Julius Caesar. Even though the villagers rather not hear his voice again, they set out to rescue him. However, before he is home safe and sound, he will have his chance to perform (torture more accurately) for Julius Caesar and the citizens of Rome.
I find that children the age 5-13 usually really enjoy these books, not just mine. These comic books are a great way to teach children ancient history. Naturally, the adult needs to help with the differentiation between fiction and history. From these books, my kids have learned about the Roman Empire, the ancient Greeks, the Vikings, the Goths, the Phoenicians, ancient Gaul, ancient Egypt, and the ancient Mediterranean world in general.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on May 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Asterix The Gladiator was first published in French in 1964 as "Astérix Gladiateur " and in English in 1969.Asterix and Obelix set out for Rome to rescue the Bard Cacofonix who has been captured by the Romans as a gift idea by Prefect Odius Asparagus for Julius Caesar.
This will be their first visit to Rome , they meet the unscrupulous Phoenician merchant Economikrisis who will feature again in later Astrix albums and for the first time they run into the Pirates (to the Pirate's great cost) as they will time and time again!
In order to find Cacofonix they become Gladiators and soon drive the slave driver Cauis Fatuous crazy . Cacofonix however is quite able to look after himself as his singing drives the Romans even crazier...
As usual their mission is successfully accomplished to everyone's satisfaction (except Cauis Fatuous who gets his comeuppance).
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Format: Hardcover
Book falling apart, nothing like what was described.the cover is full of stains the center part is loose. Bought it only to throw it in the garbage because you cant even read it
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By Steven Brown on June 24, 2013
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We ordered this book for our boys, along with several other Asterix books, it arrived in great condition and our boys loved it!
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Asterix and Obelix become gladiators to rescue their village's sour-toned bard, Cacofonix, who has been kidnapped by an ambitious Roman Prefect. Much silliness, cartoon walloping, and terrible puns result. If you like Goscinny and Uderzo's type of humor, then you should be very pleased with "Asterix the Gladiator" -- a very solid entry in the series. These books are fine for adults and for children, if parents don't object to cartoon violence (no killing, of course, but a lot of over-the-top fisticuffs where no one is injured for very long).
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A prime example of everything that is good about the Asterix books. This fast-paced episode delivers non-stop laughs from the off.
Its only as an adult that you get to appreciate fully all the nuance, humour and understatement. Our two Gauls leave the rural warmth of their village to venture into Rome. In the heart of Roman "civilisation" they encounter a host of deceptive and deadly characters, before managing to rescue their bard from being thrown to the Lions. as Obelix says, "these modern cities are all very well, but they're not exactly what I'd call friendly"- and there we have Goscinny's deeper message: for all of Romes civic pride- illustrated in marvelous detail- there is the impersonality and cruelty of humanity's new urban reality.
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