Gladiators 4th–1st centuries BC

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Gladiators 4th–1st centuries BC

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This new study lifts the veil on the high-profile but often misunderstood gladiators of ancient Rome, from their origins to the dawn of the Principate.

Originating in funeral rites during the Punic Wars of the 3rd century BC, the Roman gladiator games have come to symbolize the spectacle and savagery of Republican and Imperial Rome. Increasingly elaborate rules and rituals governed the conduct of gladiator combat, with an array of specially armed and armoured gladiator types pitted against one another, either singly or in groups. While many gladiators met a grisly end, some survived to achieve celebrity and make huge fortunes.

Despite the wealth of literary and archaeological evidence, many misconceptions about the gladiators and their violent world remain. Featuring eight plates of stunning specially commissioned artwork alongside photographs and drawings of key items of visual evidence, this fully illustrated account recreates the little-known and under-represented gladiators of the centuries leading up to the dawn of the Principate, correcting myths and casting new light on the roles, lives and legacy of these legendary arena fighters.

Table of Contents

Origins and evolution
Becoming a gladiator
The armaturae
Gladiator gear
Bibliography
Index

Product details

Published Aug 16 2022
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781472850928
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour artwork plates; black & white and colour photographs and illustrations.
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Elite
Short code ELI 246
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Francois Gilbert

François Gilbert is an associate researcher at the…

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Giuseppe Rava

Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza in 1963, and took…

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