Dunkle, Roger.

Gladiators : violence and spectacle in ancient Rome / Roger Dunkle. - 1st ed. - Harlow, England ; New York : Pearson/Longman, 2008. - x, 398 p. : ill ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-385) and index.

Preface -- Publisher's acknowledgements -- Cultural context and origins of gladiatorial combat -- Recruitment and training of gladiators -- Gladiator games in action -- A brief history of gladiator games -- A brief history of the arena hunt -- The Roman amphitheatre and the colosseum -- Gladiators in film -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

Examines various aspects of Roman gladiatorial contests, including the selection, training, and maintenance of the gladiators and role of sponsors and staging, to exemplify their impact on the values and attitudes of society, and analyzes how the games functioned as a tool of propaganda for the Roman Empire.

Adult Follett Library Resources.

9781405807395 (trade) 1405807393 (trade)



GV35 / .D86 2008


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