The Gladiators History s Most Deadly Sport Superfit muscled and macho gladiators were hero worshipped for their skills and courage as they fought to the death yet despised for their humble status For over six cruel centuries tens of thous

  • Title: The Gladiators: History's Most Deadly Sport
  • Author: Fik Meijer LizWaters
  • ISBN: 9780312364021
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • Superfit, muscled, and macho, gladiators were hero worshipped for their skills and courage as they fought to the death, yet despised for their humble status For over six cruel centuries, tens of thousands died in the blood soaked arenas of Rome and its colonies, watched by enthralled crowds screaming for violence Professor Fik Meijer has ingeniously pieced together theirSuperfit, muscled, and macho, gladiators were hero worshipped for their skills and courage as they fought to the death, yet despised for their humble status For over six cruel centuries, tens of thousands died in the blood soaked arenas of Rome and its colonies, watched by enthralled crowds screaming for violence Professor Fik Meijer has ingeniously pieced together their true stories from contemporary evidence, describing the gladiators origins, daily life, training, and the odds of their survival pitted against their legions of fans lust for blood and spectacle.

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    1. Fik Meijer must have done a world of research for this book. Chapter by chapter one learns of how gladiators were made, what they ate, what they wore, where they slept, how they prepared for battlejust amazing detail of the gladiators' day-to-day existence.The book also touches on: the political history of how the sport came into being, why it went on for so long, and how and why it was stopped; how the victims were chosen and explanations of what they went through; the mentality of the crowd an [...]

    2. Zaista sjajno štivo koje pokušava što vjerodostojnije prikazati sve vezano uz gladijatorske igre. Od njihova nastanka pa do nestanka, preko toga kako je izgledao jedan dan takvog spektakla, pisac se služi dostupnim izvorima, bez ikakvog veličanja događaja. Štoviše, od samog početka se postavio tako da današnji čovjek ne bi smio suditi gladijatorstvo na temelju današnjih moralno etičkih načela. Kako je borba dva čovjeka na smrt iz današnje perspektive gnjusna, baš kao i pravi pok [...]

    3. A thraex fighting a retiarius? No Mister Kubrick!I bought this a few years ago in a museum shop and I recently found it again. This an interesting little book. It is engaging and easy to read, but at the same time well-researched and honest. Fik Meijer gives references for all his findings, but they never intrude on the flow of reading and he’s not afraid to say ‘let’s be honest, we just don’t know’. Besides giving us the historical facts and evidence he also cleverly points out that t [...]

    4. A very good and readable study about the way Romans enjoyed the gladiator fights, chariot races and theatre. The most famous arena for gladiator fights is the Colosseum, which is a nickname. Near the Colosseum stood an enormous statue of Nero. The official name isAmphiitheatrum Flavium . Rich senators and the emperor organized big events to increase their popularity. Most of the citizens of Rome lived in poverty. The games were mend to help the emperor and the senate to suppress opposition and r [...]

    5. I nice and comprehensive compilation of information concerning the history of the gladiator. You may get flashes of the movie Gladiator swirling in your imagination, but the author quickly dashes those sometimes inaccurate images as he continues on his journey of informing the reading public of the more real version of the story of the gladiator and the gladiator battles.

    6. An excellent, thoroughly accessible and readable history about gladiators. However much of an expert you are, this will probably add to your knowledge somewhere along the line. Uncovering some of the myths, as well as having a swipe at some of the less than accurate (but still entertaining) films on the subject.

    7. A little bit dry, sort of academic and wonky, nevertheless a thorough examination of the cultural phenomenon which has inspired so much after it: the gladiatorial combat. Detail-heavy and well-documented, but not super-entertaining (as a good historical text rarely is). 8/10.

    8. Originally published in Dutch, Meijer's Gladiators is a short, accessible introduction to gladiatorial contests and related entertainments from the third century BCE until the fifth CE when the last are recorded. The translator, Liz Waters, is to be commended for her work. Though sticking closely to documentary evidence, the text is exceptionally clear for one coming in translation from a scholar of classical antiquity.I've read one other book focused on the subject, also translated, but found M [...]

    9. Hollantilaisen historioitsijan katsaus gladiaattoritaisteluihin on suppeahko mutta ihan mielenkiintoista luettavaa kaikille antiikista kiinnostuneille. Kirjassa käsitellään muun muassa gladiaattorien aseistusta, vaihtelevaa suhtautumista veriseen kansanhuviin, eläimiä vastaan käytyjä taisteluja, naisgladiaattoreita ja muuta sen sellaista. Lukijan silmien eteen kuvaillaan myös päivää Colosseumilla sekä käsitellään lyhyesti Hollywood-elokuvien gladiaattorikuvaa.Jos kirjasta ei muuta [...]

    10. Todenmukaisesti kirjoitettu kirja gladiaattoreiden historiasta. Kirjailija pystyy epäilemään kantaansa ja kritisoimaan lähteitään ja silti kirja jaksaa pitää otteessaan loppuun saakka. Suosittelen niille, jotka ovat kiinnostuneita sen ajan historiasta.

    11. Fik kuvaa kirjassaan gladiaattorien historiaa, millaisia näytöksiä kaiken kaikkiaan esitettiin, heidän elämäänsä ja kahta tunnetuinta gladiaattorielokuvaa (Spartacus ja Gladiaattori). Käsittelyssä on myös areenat, joilla näytökset käytiin ja millaisia eläimiä niille tuotiin. Kaikki tämä on kiedottu oikein mielenkiintoiseen pakettiin tästä Rooman tavattoman verisestä ”urheilusta”, joka ei todella ole kaukana nykymaailman väkivaltaviihteestä.

    12. The book had a very presentational feel; which might work for some people might not for others. I don't really like how authors sometimes sensationalize a topic to kind of foster interest. You either want to read about the topic or you don't. Fik was very informed and interesting. Most of the book is foundational knowledge. Look elsewhere for extensive analysis.

    13. This book answered most questions I had about gladiators. Sadly, no ancient author chronicled a day at the Colosseum, so the historian is left to patch together what the spectacle looked like. Meijer also demonstrates how the movie Gladiator is not historically accurate. This is an easy read.

    14. A great one-stop-shop for all things Gladiators. I got a little bored reading it though. I don't think it was really the author as much as the fact I got out of it what I wanted by half way through the book. But if you want to learn about history's deadliest game you go.

    15. Its a history book about the Roman GladiatorsI liked the book, it describes how the gladiators fought and talked about what events happened during the collesuem fights.

    16. Kudos to Mr. Meijer, for he did what I once thought impossible: he bored the hell out of me with a history about gladiators.

    17. Not bad - an interesting insight into what the world of the gladiators and games would have been. Detailed without being too graphic. Sometimes a bit dry, but I enjoyed it.

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