Chosen as one of Living Dice's 2009 tops gifts for wargamers (www.livingdice.com)
"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)
"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)
"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)
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.