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Gladiators by Michael Grant. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 128 pages. Publisher: Barnes and Noble; (1995). "Gladiators" is an exciting account of the ancient Roman institution of arena combat, and traces the bloody 800 year history of the "Bustuarii" from their rise during the third century B.C. to their eventual abolition at the end of the fifth century A.D. The popularity of gladiatorial combat dramatizes the paradox of Roman civilization. Poets, philosophers, and politicians glorifying this brutal and savage institution in a culture remarkable for its contributions to government, law, literature, philosophy, and art. A culture which was a cornerstone of Western civilization. Although no amount of explanation can mitigate the savagery, in some ways good things came out of this almost supreme evil. It brought forth countless acts of individual courage. It created on of the world's greatest architectural forms. It inspired a number of thoughtful men to write down violent protests that stood firm against this overwhelming tide of brutality. Illustrations of mosaics, statuettes, reliefs, and the remains of arenas and amphitheatres illuminate the text. Michael Grant is a highly successful and renowned historian of the ancient world - certainly one of the most prolific contemporary writers of the ancient world. Without question Professor Grant has been one of the leading popularizers (in the best sense) of ancient history and archaeology. His material is most lucid, entertaining, and informative. He has held many academic posts including those of Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Professor of Humanity at Edinburgh University; Vice Chancellor of The Queen's University, Belfast and Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum. He is a Doctor of Letters at Dublin and a Doctor of Laws at Belfast. He has also been President of the Classical Association of England, the Virgil Society and the Royal Numismatic Society, and is a Medalist of the American Numismatic Society. He spent the last years of his life living and writing in Italy. CONDITION: New hardcover w/dustjacket. Barnes & Noble (1996) 128 pages. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Otherwise unblemished except for extremely faint (almost imperceptible) edge and corner shelfwear to the dustjacket. Also, f you hold the book up to the light (and hold it "just so") you'll see that there is as well light rubbing to the dustjacket (dustjacket is high gloss black and so shows rub marks very easily merely from being shelved between other books). Condition is entirely consistent with new stock from a bookstore environment wherein new books might show minor signs of shelfwear, consequence of simply being shelved and re-shelved. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #1330c. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The Roman Empire produced countless achievements in the arts, literature, philosophy, law and government, without which much of our civilization today would not exist. Yet at its heart was also unbelievable cruelty, epitomized by the bloody history of the gladiators: human beings set in an arena to fight to the death, watched by crowds of thousands. "Gladiators" is an introduction to understanding this disturbing and brutal phenomenon. The bloodthirsty spectacle of gladiatorial combat has inspired countless films and fictions, yet here Michael Grant shows that the truth is no less strange and savage. He tells us who the gladiators were, how they fought and died, how they were idolized by their public and feared by emperors, and how the most barbaric blood sport ever invented finally came to an end. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: One of the true paradoxes of Roman civilization is the dichotomy between its contributions to the areas of government, law, literature, philosophy, and art and the brutal and savage institution of arena "spectacle" sports in which human beings killed each other for entertainment. Yet, even at its barbaric worst, some good emerged from the almost unmitigated evil of gladiatorial combat: it produced countless acts of individual courage, created one of the world's greatest architectural forms, and inspired a number of men to protest against the overwhelming tide of brutality in Rome. Written by an acknowledged expert in the area of classical civilizations, this account traces the bloody 800-year history of the gladiators, or bustuarii, from their rise during the third century B.C. to their eventual abolition at the end of the fifth century A.D. Illustrations of mosaics, statues, reliefs, and architectural remains illuminate the text. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This is a short and easily read book which is as revealing as it is enjoyable. It covers the origins of the gladiators of ancient Rome from the Bronze Age world of Greece and Italy, and its subsequent development into the big business of the professional gladiator in the Roman Empire. It is valuable for explaining the reality behind famous films (often very accurate) such as 'Spartacus', 'Troy', and of course, 'Gladiator' itself. Chapter One: the grim and deep roots of gladiatorial combat in the religious human sacrifice of prisoners of war amongst the Scythians of Thrace, the Etruscans, the Greeks who waged the Trojan War, and the early Republic of Rome. Relates how certain characters in the Roman arena who entered to drag away the dead bodies appeared in costume relating to a god of the dead. Also covers the less well-known specialist gladiators known as the 'bestiarii', who fought wild beasts in the arena and whose descendents are still seen today in the bull-fighters of Spain. Chapter Two: famous Romans, such as Julius Caesar, who were involved in owning and staging gladiator shows; the training schools and methods (such as beefing them up on barley and beans); and the organization of gladiators throughout the empire of Rome. Chapter Three: the technicalities of the different types of gladiator, their weapons and armor; procedure in the arena; the arena itself; and famous re-enacted sea battles. Chapter Four: the ambiguous position of gladiators in society, as despised and yet often highly paid celebrities; the attitudes of the rulers and the spectators; the attitudes of the Roman writers such as Seneca and Tacitus (generally moralistic); and the eventual abolition of gladiators after Constantine and the rise of Christianity. There are useful notes and references supplied. REVIEW: With the movie Gladiator now out I was very pleased to find a copy of this book Mr. Grant is a superb Roman historian, and this is a very good handbook. Full of pictures, illustrations and a very readable text Mr. Grant gives the reader a look into the life of the Gladiators and the society which loved to watch them fight and die. For either the general reader or the more involved Roman history buff this book is worth the money. It is concise and inasmuch as the topic is a bit taboo and skirted around by scholars, very much needed. REVIEW: Michael Grant, in his concise summation of the Roman games in "Gladiator," covers the origins of the gladiatorial shows during the Republic until their final end in AD 404 under the emperor Honorius. In this brief work, which consists of many vivid illustrations and citations from classic texts, Michael Grant expounds upon the nature of the Gladiators from their general social origins and stand in society, to their vocation, training, and combats within, or even, outside the amphitheater. The accomplished classical scholar Michael Grant also furnishes a short discourse on the views that philosophers such as Cicero and Seneca as well as other prominent figures had on the games. He also discusses how these spectacles were ultimately forbidden. And finally, he provides a few theories on just how the people of Rome showed such unabashed toleration for these sanguinary spectacles. This work will be a highly informative, quick read, which will be of profound interest for anyone enthralled by the world of classical antiquity. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. 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