The Gladiators by Fik Meijer
History's Most Deadly Sport

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Superfit, muscled, and macho, gladiators were hero-worshipped for their skills and courage as they fought to the death, yet despised for their humble status. For over six cruel centuries, tens of thousands died in the blood soaked arenas of Rome and its colonies, watched by enthralled crowds screaming for violence. Professor Fik Meijer has ingeniously pieced together their true stories from contemporary evidence, describing the gladiators' origins, daily life, training, and the odds of their survival pitted against their legions of fans' lust for blood and spectacle.
 

About Fik Meijer

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FIK MEIJER is a Professor of Ancient History at the University of Amsterdam and is the author of Emperors Don't Die in Bed. His next book will be a study of Rome's charioteers.
 
Published March 6, 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin. 288 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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An unapologetic look at the blood-soaked rituals that marked Roman social life for centuries.

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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 at

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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.

Aug 01 2005 | Read Full Review of The Gladiators: History's Mos...

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