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Emperors and Gladiators by Thomas Wiedemann

Title Emperors and Gladiators
Author Thomas Wiedemann
Publisher Routledge
Release 2002-03-11
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 231
ISBN 1134990405
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Of all aspects of Roman culture, the gladiatorial contests for which the Romans built their amphitheatres are at once the most fascinating and the most difficult for us to come to terms with. They have been seen variously as sacrifices to the gods or, at funerals, to the souls of the deceased; as a mechanism for introducing young Romans to the horrors of fighting; and as a direct substitute for warfare after the imposition of peace. In this original and authoritative study, Thomas Wiedemann argues that gladiators were part of the mythical struggle of order and civilisation against the forces of nature, barbarism and law breaking, representing the possibility of a return to new life from the point of death; that Christian Romans rejected gladiatorial games not on humanitarian grounds, but because they were a rival representation of a possible resurrection.

Emperors and Gladiators by Anita Ganeri

Title Emperors and Gladiators
Author Anita Ganeri
Publisher Brighter Child
Release 2001
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 9780872266612
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Describes the requirements, training, working conditions, duties, and rewards of various occupations common in ancient Rome.

The Romans by Captivating History

Title The Romans
Author Captivating History
Publisher
Release 2021-04-27
Category
Total Pages 122
ISBN 9781637163078
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

It is probably the greatest story in all history: how the people in a tiny village on the Tiber River took over the entire known world of its day and developed brilliant literature.

Gladiator by Ben Hubbard

Title Gladiator
Author Ben Hubbard
Publisher Amber Books Ltd
Release 2015-12-16
Category History
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1782742786
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A 'fascinating, well-produced guide to the world of the gladiator' History Revealed magazine, Visual Book of the Month 'When everyone had had plenty to eat and drink they called for the gladiators. The moment anyone’s throat was cut, they clapped their hands in pleasure. And it sometimes even turned out that someone had specified in their will that the most beautiful women he had purchased were to fight each other....' – Athenaeus, The Learned Banqueters With their origins as blood rites staged at the funerals of rich aristocrats, gladiatorial combat is one of the defining images of ancient Rome. For more than 600 years, people flocked to arenas to watch these highly-trained warriors participate in a blood-soaked spectacle that was part sport, part theatre, and part cold-blooded murder. On a single day at Rome’s famous Colosseum, 3000 men fought; on another, 9000 animals were slaughtered. Gladiatorial contests were a spectacular dramatization of the Roman emperor’s formidable power. Gladiator looks at life and service in the Roman arenas from the origins of the games in the third century BCE through to the demise of the games in the fifth century CE. It explores the lives of the prisoners of war, criminals, slaves, and volunteers who became gladiators, their training, and the more than 20 types of gladiator they could become, fighting with different types of weapons. From Spartacus’s slave revolt to the real Emperor Commodius who liked to play at being a gladiator, from female gladiators to the great combats involving hundreds of expensively acquired exotic animals, Gladiator is a colourful, accessible study of the ancient world’s famous warrior entertainers.

We Look for a Kingdom by Carl Sommer

Title We Look for a Kingdom
Author Carl Sommer
Publisher Ignatius Press
Release 2007-01-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 468
ISBN 1586170791
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

As a historical work, this book will be of interest to the large market of those who love history. Sommer examines the lives and beliefs of the early Church. He also includes practical examples of authentic, even heroic holiness in the lives of ordinary early Christians provide inspirational reading and powerful lessons.

The Emperor Commodus by John S. McHugh

Title The Emperor Commodus
Author John S. McHugh
Publisher Casemate Publishers
Release 2015-08-31
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 1473871670
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Commodus is synonymous with debauchery and megalomania, best remembered for fighting as a gladiator. Ridiculed and maligned by historians since his own time, modern popular culture knows him as the patricidal villain in Ridley Scott's Gladiator. Much of his infamy is clearly based on fact, but is this the full story?John McHugh reviews the ancient evidence to present the first full-length biography of Commodus in English. His twelve-year reign is set in its historical context, showing that the 'kingdom of gold' he supposedly inherited was actually an empire devastated by plague and war. Openly autocratic, Commodus compromised the privileges and vested interests of the senatorial clique, who therefore plotted to murder him. Surviving repeated conspiracies only convinced Commodus that he was under divine protection, increasingly identifying himself as Hercules reincarnate. This and his antics in the arena allowed his senatorial enemies to present Commodus as a mad tyrant to justify his murder, which they finally succeeded in arranging by having him strangled by a wrestler.

Title Into the Arena Emperors and Gladiators
Author Ben Hubbard
Publisher Collins
Release 2022-07-11
Category
Total Pages 80
ISBN 9780008478933
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available.

A Brief Theology of Sport by Lincoln Harvey

Title A Brief Theology of Sport
Author Lincoln Harvey
Publisher SCM Press
Release 2014-02-28
Category Religion
Total Pages 152
ISBN 0334044189
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Sport is extremely popular. This ground-breaking book explains why. It shows that sport has everything to do with our deepest identity. It is where we resonate with the most-basic nature of reality. A Brief Theology of Sport sweeps across the fields of church history, philosophy and Christian doctrine, drawing the reader into a creative vision of sport. The book begins with an examination of how the Church has approached sport in the past, before turning to consider sport on the basis of the divine act of creation. In doing so, Harvey is able to distinguish sport from all other human activities, identifying it as a set-aside sphere in which the unnecessary-but-meaningful nature of life is celebrated. This constructive proposal is used to shed light on a wide range of issues in sport, including the role of competition, professionalization and celebrity culture today. As such, A Brief Theology of Sport constitutes a significant contribution to our understanding of the value of sport in human life. No one who reads this book will look at sport in the same way again.

The Gladiator by Alan Baker

Title The Gladiator
Author Alan Baker
Publisher Random House
Release 2010-12-23
Category History
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1446408604
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Alan Baker weaves an extraordinary, vivid picture of Roman life as his compelling and evocative history tells the story of Rome's most notable gladiators. They were condemned and feared by emperors, slaughtered and adored by the masses and worshipped by their female fans, yet their lives were invariably violently short. Whether their enemy was a starved tiger or a battle-hardened criminal, their numbered days were dark and bloody. Yet men gave up their wealth and freedom to become gladiators and noble-women gave up their positions to be with them. The Gladiator illuminates the extraordinary lives of Spartacus, Commodus, Eppia and others - bringing the same energy and passion to the page that Ridley Scott's cinematic triumph bough to the screen.

Blood in the Arena by Louise Park

Title Blood in the Arena
Author Louise Park
Publisher The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Release 2013-01-15
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 1477701532
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The slaying of exotic animals and fellow gladiators entertained crowds for centuries. In this volume, readers explore the different types of gladiators, the weapons used to protect them, and arenas they fought in. Any young reader will become engrossed in this action-packed look into the history of gladiators.