This book explores all aspects of gladiatorial life including organisation of the spectacle; day-to-day life of a gladiator; equipment; the symbolic role of the gladiator in society; and the fascination of the gladiatorial spectacle within a 21st-century context.
Shadrake covers all aspects of the Roman gladiators and their games in this detailed study. She describes the life of a gladiator from training and diet to social status and mortality rates and traces the history of the amphitheater along with the evolution of the gladiator. Shadrake and her husband run Britannia, a society specializing in the reconstruction and re-enactment of the gladiatorial spectacle. Pictures of those re-enactments are included in the text. Distributed in the US by Trafalgar Square Publishing. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)