Gladiators - Meijer F. - Book
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Gladiators - Meijer F. - Book

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Locked in mortal combat before 50,000 cheering spectators in the Colosseum, the two gladiators thrust and parry until the crowd gets what it came for: one
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Locked in mortal combat before 50,000 cheering spectators in the Colosseum, the two gladiators thrust and parry until the crowd gets what it came for: one dead athlete and one living, victorious athlete... Fik Meijer, a professor of ancient history in Amsterdam, here presents us a very readable and informative account of Rome's gladiators. While well-researched (and illustrated), the book does not bog the reader down with endless meaningless dates, although he does do a very nice job of chronology. Quite interesting is the point the author makes that we are not as far from those barbaric times as we would like to think ourselves, and the author builds a very good case for this. Meijer provides a survey of the different types of gladiators, the kinds of animals they fought, the dimensions of the Colosseum and other amphitheaters and the daily life of a gladiator. The gladiators themselves were slaves or prisoners of war who were rigorously trained in the sport. Meijer also describes a typical day at the Colosseum that featured hunters fighting animals, followed by executions of criminals during lunch and finally human combat. Chronology • Introduction HOW THE GLADIATOR GAMES EVOLVED Chariot Races and Plays • Early Gladiator Fights • Spartacus • Gladiator Games under the Early Emperors THE GLADIATORS Their Prestige • Their Backgrounds • Their Training • Their Life Expectancy • Their Love Life • Female Gladiators • What Did It All Cost? • Types of Gladiator THE SCENE OF ACTION The Building of the Colosseum • Safety • Comfort • Copies of the Colosseum • The Animals A DAY AT THE COLOSSEUM The Morning Programme: Hunting and Animal Fights • The Interval Attractions: Executions • The Afternoon Programme: Gladiator Fights SEA BATTLES (NAUMACHIAE) DEAD MEAT Gladiator Burials • Carcasses: Disposed of or Eaten? THE END OF GLADIATOR SHOWS Objections to Gladiator Fights • The Demise of Gladiator Shows • The Decline and Fall of the Colosseum GLADIATOR FILMS Spartacus Gladiator EPILOGUE Glossary List of Amphitheatres • References • Bibliography • Index
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