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The Way of the Gladiator

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  16 reviews
"Hail Caesar, we who are about to dic salute you"! And die the gladiators did. In a vast marble Colosseum larger than the 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 armoured professionals. With the E ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 21st 2001 by ibooks Inc (first published 1970)
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Sarah Ashwood
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!
Georgene
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
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Matt Dahl
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
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Cindy
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
Isaac Panaretos
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
Reed Albers
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.
Cheryl
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.
Theanonymousafro
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.
Tom prigg
A very good book about the history of the Roman games and some tidbits about the current events at those times.
Christopher
Fascinating historical fiction novel on the gladiators. It was riveting, I could not put this book down.
Catherine
Interesting and gripping read...however, lots of grammar and spelling errors.
Sigrid Ellis
I learned that the gladitorial games were way too gruesome for my taste.
Dolores
Too many factual errors. I couldn't get to page 50 so, it got the axe!!
Casey Baugess
Note to the author: get spellcheck!
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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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