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Gladiator: Rome's Bloody Spectacle (General Military) Hardcover – November 17, 2009

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“Konstantin Nossov's Gladiator: Rome's Bloody Spectacle provides a powerful survey of gladatorial games of ancient Rome, offering the newest research on gladiators to revise the standard perception of their combat, equipment, and lives and social status. Any library strong in ancient Roman history will find this a fine narrowed survey of gladiators -- some of whome were volunteers seekng fame and fortune.” ―The Bookwatch (January 2010)

“In Gladiator, Nossov brings together the newest evidence on gladiators to revise our one-sided view of them. Nossov's detailed, highly readable and comprehensive treatment of this enigmatic yet persistently popular phenomenon in Gladiator will delight and enlighten readers.” ―Sir Read a Lot, sirreadalot.org (November 2009)

“Gladiator offeres the reader an opportunity to get to the richest knowledge of the history of this most interesting phenomenon - the history of Roman Arena where, in blood and gold, magnificent performances developed, which devoured enormous sums of money and took away the lives of thousands of human beings and animals. The books is based on a huge amount of ancient resources, as well as the newest findings and research.” ―Dr. Michael Gorelik (November 2009)

About the Author

Konstantin Nossov is a researcher in and advisor on ancient and medieval arms, armor and warfare, as well as the author of numerous books and articles on the subject. His particular areas of interest include the history of weapons, fortification and siege warfare. He has lived all his life in Moscow, Russia, and has travelled extensively in Europe, North Africa, South Asia, Asia Minor and the Far East. Konstantin has written several Osprey books, as well as other English language titles and numerous books in Russian. The author lives in Moscow, Russia.
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Product Details

  • Series: General Military
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846034728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846034725
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written, but easy to read - lots of details you will not find elsewhere, and corrections about some common misconceptions about these fighters. Nice illustrations as well. Highly recommended to anyone interested in this subject
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I found this book to be very informative, and well researched, many books offer little background information or go into any depth on this subject but I found this book to be much more informative than many others that I have read.
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As an author of a newly published novel Split From Earth, this book gave a clear picture of the history of the Gladiators. It is a well researched, great picture of how the history truly forms. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the mythological world, as well as how to learn more about the military tactics that the gladiators performed. Well written and completed beautifully!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is nicely laid out and prepared, it has spot varnished photos which I think look great, and good quality paper throughout. Overall appearance the book looks great, cannot comment on the content as I am only 1/3rd of the way through it but so far so good.
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While much of the surface information in this book can be found from other sources that are better written from an entertaining standpoint, there are some real gems here, certainly enough to validate the price.
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