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The Way of the Gladiator

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  225 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Hail Caesar, we who are about to die salute you! And die the gladiators did. In a vast marble Colosseum larger than Yankee Stadium, the people of Rome, patrician and commoner, flocked to see gladiators mangled beneath the hoofs and wheels of horses and chariots, slaughtered by half-starved wild beasts, and butchered by well-armed and armored professionals. With the Empire ...more
Published December 1st 2007 by iBooks (first published 1958)
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Alex Kenjeev
Dec 13, 2015 Alex Kenjeev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever wonder how they got lions to eat people in Roman times? Or how they got bears to eat people? Did you know they also got bears to fight lions? And that they had people train for years, only to fight each-other to the death, in huge productions with moats and alligators and boiling oil? Did you know they got animals to rape women on stage? Did you know it was a huge part of their economy, to the point where they'd have hundreds of days of this per year? Why on earth did they do these horrible ...more
Jan 23, 2017 Olethros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-Sus fortalezas se aprovechan de sus debilidades.-

Género. Ensayo.

Lo que nos cuenta. Trabajo que se acerca a la supuesta realidad de los gladiadores en la Antigua Roma o, más exactamente a los juegos en Roma en general, espectáculos salvajes de verdad en sus distintas expresiones, un aspecto que el autor se encarga de resaltar en todo momento.

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Leonard Mokos
Mar 31, 2016 Leonard Mokos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can't review a Mannix book without first highlighting Mannix, the King of Cool - a true master of the lost art of living.

The son of a U.S. navy officer (Commodore), he follows his own tune, joining the circus, mastering sword swallowing, travelling extensively, pursuing a love for animals, writing about them with interest and a light touch. His fiction is just bad. It must be said. Come closer though, here's the gold: his nonfiction is deeply researched, bullet proof accurate yet reads like
Sarah Ashwood
Feb 02, 2015 Sarah Ashwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. To appreciate the scope, the cruelty, and the sadism of the games, one must read this book. I was hoping there would be more insight into the gladiatorial aspects of the games, as I'm gathering info for my next novel and need more background on the gladiator schools, way of life, etc. If anybody can recommend some good books on that subject, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
Isaac Panaretos
Aug 01, 2013 Isaac Panaretos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I have read by Daniel P. Mannix, the first one being The Hellfire Club which was a historical event of an elite group of politicians and statesmen in the 18th century who ran a secret club practising black mass, virgin orgies and other sadistic activities. Similar to the Hell Fire Club, The Way of The Gladiator is another semi factual based historical event of the Roman era and their obsession with what they referred to as The Games. This was a broad term that covered dea ...more
Eric Aguirre
Feb 13, 2016 Eric Aguirre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Los antiguos romanos amaban la sangre y la crueldad con una pasión desmedida. Es importante señalar que la moral de hoy no se puede comparar a la de dichos tiempos. Para este pueblo esto era lo cotidiano. Los patricios, los plebeyos y el populacho no conocían otra cosa que no fueran los juegos. Pan y Circo, es lo único que necesita un emperador romano para controlar y despistar a un pueblo entero. Igual que sucede hoy, la gente esta más pendiente del fútbol que de los asuntos internos de los gob ...more
Dec 04, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't aware gladiator games had spectator shows of animals (from drunken chimpanzees, zebras, baboons to wild boars) raping condemned women as part of their entertainment in the arena, until I read this book. There were actually men (the bestiarii) who trained wild beast to not only kill and eat people, but sexually violate them as well! Author Daniel P. Mannix offers up plenty of shocking events in this absorbing read, which you probably never learnt about in ancient history class. Example: ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Berserker Trilogy by Chris Carlsen; The Gladiator series by Andrew Quiller
This is an eye opening look into one of the darkest chapter's of humanity: the Roman Games. The book begins with the Games humble beginnings and takes us through the long and awful history until reaching the colossal and nightmarish Games we all thought we knew. The depravity and horror people are willing to put someone else through for entertainment is astounding. While this might seem like a history lesson, Mr Mannix, makes it interesting by telling parts of the story like a fictional narrativ ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Georgene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this under the title of "The Way of the Gladiator" in a paperback copy. But this edition was the only one which came close to the number of pages of the edition I read.

This book goes through how the Roman games began and how they evolved into the very horrible and bloody "games" they became. The games became so expensive and popular that when a ship's captain was about to sail for Egypt to pick up cargo, he was forced to pick up the special sand contained in Egypt for the floors of the co
Matt Dahl
May 27, 2014 Matt Dahl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amidst some pretty bad copy-editing is the most surprising book I've read in forever. I knew gladiators were ferocious and I had guessed at some of the cruelty that went on in the games. I had no idea the scope of terror reigned down on women and children in the name of entertainment.

The only thing that kept me from giving this book five stars is a) the editing and b) the lackadaisical citations to research. As a whole, this was decently written and probably the most shocking book I've ever rea
Reed Albers
Jan 28, 2014 Reed Albers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One half history, the other half artistic recreation pieced together from the few recorded facts we have about the Roman games. Mannix's book helps paint a picture of why the gladiators were so important to Roman society, the logistics needed to produce the games (such as people trained just to teach tigers to kill people), and why emperors and senators felt they needed the games to control the mob. If you love history, or enjoyed the movie Gladiator, you'll enjoy this book.
Chris Bassett
May 20, 2016 Chris Bassett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the same guy who wrote "The Fox and the Hound" somehow comes a sensationalized overview of circus chariot racing and gladiatorial combat. It's a fairly short book that's mostly nonfiction, but interspersed with very entertaining "day in the life of a gladiator" fictionalized portions. Sure, there's quite a bit of Hollywood-movie-type conjecture, and lots of the usual repetition of "facts" from Suetonius and Tacitus, but it's still a very enjoyable read.
Aug 15, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it mixes in fact with artistic license.
It is a great easy read and although most of the stories did not actually happen they combine known facts and people from certain games and times to make this as fascinating and educational book.
Fit for a classics student like me or simply anybody who liked the movie Gladiator but wants something closer to the truth.
Mark Wood
A good introduction to the Roman games. I question how much of Mannix's scholarship is based on reliable sources. It is written in a readable format but I would have liked to see more robust documentation and it written by a Roman focused scholar. The book does form the basis for the film Gladiator.
Robert Martin
interesting read. I question some of the factuality of it. there is a bibliography but there are no in text citations. altogether, though, a thought provoking description of ancient Roman games with some interesting parallels to 21st century entertainment choices.
Don Packett
Aug 22, 2016 Don Packett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Through the What Ifs and Possibly Theys, there's a tonne of research and crazy interesting facts about this time in history that paints a beautifully horrific picture of the digression of entertainment.
Feb 07, 2016 Komrade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Very entertaining, but there's quite a few (glaring) historical inaccuracies.
However, most of it is true (warning: I am not a historian), albeit exaggerated.
Tom prigg
Jan 09, 2013 Tom prigg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A very good book about the history of the Roman games and some tidbits about the current events at those times.
Jun 06, 2011 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, novels, fun
Fascinating historical fiction novel on the gladiators. It was riveting, I could not put this book down.
Apr 07, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. It had a surprising amount of information not just on the gladiatorial games but also life in the time of ancient Rome.
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Daniel Pratt Mannix IV was best known as an American author and journalist. His life was remarkably different from other writers of his generation. His career included times as a side show performer, magician, trainer of eagles and film maker.

The Grest Zadma was a stage name Mannix used as a magician. He also entertained as a sword swallower and fire eater in a traveling carnival sideshow. Magazi
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