“A powerful survey . . . offering the newest research on gladiators to revise the standard perception of their combat, equipment, and lives and social status.” ―Bookwatch
“The richest knowledge of the history of this most interesting phenomenon―the history of the 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 book is based on a huge amount of ancient resources, as well as the newest findings and research.” ―Michael Gorelik, author of The Warriors of Eurasia
From the Back Cover
This richly illustrated, fascinating guide provides a complete, breathtaking tour of gladiator customs and covers every aspect of the gladiator phenomenon, from the types of equipment the different classes of gladiator used to the unique place in society occupied by these fighters prepared to die.