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Becoming a Gladiator * How Did We Get Here? * Arenas of the Empire * Ludus Life * The Making of a Gladiator * Gladiators Outside the Arena * Preliminaries to a Bout * Death at the Colosseum * Death and Other Alternatives to Retirement * Map of the Roman Empire * Glossary * Further Reading * Sources of Quotations * Sources of Illustrations * Index

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You want to be a gladiator? This book has everything you need to know before you step out to fight for your life in front of a roaring crowd!

About the Author

Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St John's College, Oxford. He is the author of many books on classical civilization, including Chronicle of the Roman Republic, The Enemies of Rome, The Sons of Caesar, Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day, Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day, Lives of the Romans (with Joanne Berry) and Legionary.


'Offers tongue-in-cheek advice on how to cut it in the amphitheatre ... brings home the horror of the spectacles' - Current Archaeology

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