Find out how to get thousands to idolize you as the strongest, meanest fighter in the Roman empire. Win fame and fortune in one of Rome’s most glamorous locations, in the presence of the emperor himself. Wouldn’t you kill for a job like that?
This handy guide tells you everything you need to know before you make that fateful step. Experience at first hand the spectacular, brutal life and savage death of the most iconic figure of ancient Rome. Learn how to take the first faltering steps over the threshold of gladiator school, and through training to become a ‘man of the sword’. Learn why you should become a gladiator, how to join the profession, who will try to kill you (and what with), which arena of the empire is right for you, when and how often you will fight and what happens before, during and after the bout.
Combining the latest research with modern reconstructions, the author of the bestselling Legionary and Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day helps you experience at first hand the spectacular, brutal life and savage death of The Gladiator.
'Offers tongue-in-cheek advice on how to cut it in the amphitheatre … brings home the horror of the spectacles'