- File Size: 851 KB
- Print Length: 184 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: eNet Press Inc. (January 11, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 11, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HVJX3DY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Those About to Die Kindle Edition
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Almost 50 years have passed since I first read this shocker and I've found it again. Before pushing "go to checkout" this is my memory:
Absolutely incredible book on Roman life. By "incredible," I really do mean "unbelievable" details of Roman excesses, not just in the killing arena, but in raising and eating rare foods: hummingbird tongues, fish that changed colors as they were boiled alive, unborn calves and other animals cooked inside their mothers, and on and on.
In the arena, there were specialists in animal as well as human destruction called "bestiarii" who could kill a lion with their bare hands. The author said the bestiarii hated and feared only leopards because of the animals' blinding speed.
The Roman Colosseum arena could be flooded in minutes, not only for mock sea battles, but for imaginary paradise islands populated by luscious women and handsome men singers and musicians--who were fed to crocodiles to the delight of the crowd.
So out of hand did the "Bread and Circuses" of Rome become that shipments of sand for the Colosseum floor were given priority over shipments of food, according to that author.
I read this shocking book as a very young teenager--it was a paperback book belonging to an uncle. If I can remember this much after nearly 50 years, this is a book that stays with you--whether totally true or not.
UPDATE---Well, I was half right, because this is about half the book it was. Not Amazon's fault. The book arrived in less than a week in surprisingly good condition for a paperback.
No, the 1960 publisher "reverse Bowdlerized" the original I read.Read more ›
I read this book over 50 years ago as preparation to going to work in Rome for a few months. It made fascinating reading all over again.
We have visited Rome many times since and have seen evidence of Roman structures elsewhere in Europe. Just the organization and engineering that went into Roman buildings was nothing short of amazing. The sheer numbers of people and wild animals that were rounded up for the spectacles just blows your mind.
The book documents the sheer brutality of Roman society. As an Agnostic in search of "the truth" I can see how Christianity took a hold as people became disillusioned with a society where compassion was seen as a weakness.
A great read.
You can't help but see parallels with our current society with cage fighting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exceptional history of the games and many who were a part of them. Very informative.Published 6 months ago by Lynn B. Schornick
read this 50 years ago and wanted to read it again but found it very difficult to get hold of.
So I am chuffed to get my hands on it again.
I like Mannix, and I enjoyed Those About to Die. It was fascinating, even if it is somewhat poorly edited. I also learned quite a bit about the Rome of the gladiator era.Published 12 months ago by James P. Wright
Excellent reading! I allways knew about gladiators, contests against wild animals and mock battles, but I never knew just how elaborate some of the contests were. Read morePublished 14 months ago by tony
It reads not like an historical narrative but more like a sloppy, but tortuously long, college essay embellished with not particularly complex moralizing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by R. Ottaiano
This is a well written book about the times of the Roman games. Keep in mind that it reads more like a sports report than a non-fiction text.Published 16 months ago by Ed D.
As an overview the book stands a fair chance of passing. As a book of history, it fails because it is neither objective nor well written.Published 16 months ago by P. R. Brumlik