Gladiator

Gladiator

Rome’s Bloody Spectacle

General Military
  • Author: Konstantin Nossov
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 10 Nov 2009
  • ISBN: 9781846034725
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 208
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From the high-walls and cheering crowds of the Roman Coliseum to the dark dungeons where prisoners spent their last peaceful moments, Konstantin Nossov brings the world of the Roman gladiator to life. Using the latest research, Konstantin reconstructs the history of these men who battled for the entertainment of the masses, covering the evolution of gladiatorial combat, the types of gladiator, their equipment, their way of life, and their social status. Although most gladiators were slaves, who fought and died at the whims of the crowd, many were able to elevate their status through victories in the arena to become as popular as today's superstar athletes. Gladiators came from almost every walk of Roman life, from slaves and prisoners forced to fight to volunteers and even nobles who relished the opportunity to test their martial skills. This book covers all aspects of these warriors and paints an intimate portrait of their complex, dangerous and often deadly lives.

Biographical Note

Konstantin Nossov is a researcher in and advisor on ancient and medieval arms, armour 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.

Contents

Introduction - The history of gladiatorial games - Types of Gladiators - Methods of combat - Gladiator's equipment - Amphitheatres
The arena - Organization of spectacles - The day of the show - Conclusion - Appendices - Glossary - Bibliography - Index

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