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Gladiators and Caesars: The Power of Spectacle in Ancient Rome Paperback – November, 2000
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"Tells you everything about gladiators and other forms of Roman public entertainment that movies seem to leave out." -- Memphis Commercial Appeal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The authors also go into exquisite detail of each type of gladiator, his or her weapons and manner of fighting, as well as the use of beasts in the arena, naval contests and other variations designed to pique the crowd's interest. Although becoming a gladiator was frequently a death sentence, some succeeded in winning their freedom, continuing on in a life filled with honor.
These well trained men and women were some of the first extreme athletes. The gladiatorial games were the foundations for our modern marathons, Olympic Games and wrestling matches. This book, with its incredible photographs, provides brief glimpses into this beautiful and brutal time in human history.
Gladiatorial combat was not invented by the Romans. They only perfected it. They fought on a sandy surface--sand to absorb the blood, and the public "gave loyal support not only to individual heroes of the arena but to certain categories of gladiators. The first and second centuries AD saw passionate altercations between the supporters of gladiators fighting with the large shield and gladiators who fought with the small shield" (p 35).
Gladiators were despised as a social class. After all, many of the gladiators were slaves or from the condemned. Nevertheless, athletes who won fight after fight became stars, and even the wives of Roman senators were whispered to have crushes on them.
A handsome, profusely illustrated, big (though paperbound) book, _Gladiators and Caesars_ has thorough detail about a facet of sports history which we can be glad is now past, but which was important in consolidating power in an empire whose history still affects us. Those who enjoy sports will especially find the analogies to modern competition, hero-worship, and media superstardom amusing and enlightening. Those who have no interest in sports will perhaps remember the brutality of gladiatorial combat, and confronted with endless bowl games or professional wrestling while scanning for something good on TV, will be thankful things aren't worse.
I didn't find it very helpful because I knew the classes of gladiators, what type of armor they wore, who they paired against, the lifestyle they lead, etc....
The only thing that really impressed me were the pictures of gladiator artifacts, and modern Roman gladiators in there gear!
For someone that doesn't know anything or only a little I would recommend this book.