Gladiators at Pompeii (Hardback)
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Short Description for Gladiators at Pompeii The brutal, thrilling world of gladiators was a popular motif in the art of Pompeii. Illustrated with Pompeiian depictions of these ancient combatants, this book presents a complete picture of the gladiators of the Roman Empire and the highly organized tournaments in which they competed.
- Published: 19 February 2004
- Format: Hardback 128 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780892367313 ISBN 10: 0892367318
- Sales rank: 1,223,531
Full description for Gladiators at Pompeii
The brutal, thrilling world of gladiators was a popular motif in the art of Pompeii, as this informative book demonstrates. "Gladiators at Pompeii", illustrated with striking Pompeiian depictions of these ancient combatants, presents a complete picture of the gladiators of the Roman Empire and the highly organized and regulated tournaments in which they competed. Luciana Jacobelli reveals the latest evidence on the best-documented categories of gladiators, their origins, social status, equipment and training. Originally staged for the funeral rights of prominent Roman citizens, gladiatorial games eventually became a tool for career politicians to both gain popularity and appease the often turbulent masses. While most gladiators were slaves or prisoners of war forced into a career of battle, others were criminals or free men from prominent families who aspired to fame and fortune. Surprisingly, there are even records of women gladiators.