HMH Books for Young Readers (2000), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 96 pages
Describes the history of gladiators, including types of armor, use of animals, amphitheaters, and how the practice fit into Roman society for almost 700 years.
96 p.; 10.4 x 8.7 inches
LibraryThing member gemerritt
While this book is fairly informative, and it has significant deference to accuracy, it has a tendency to judge the actions and morality of the actons of the Romans by modern standards of behavior. It is important to draw attention to how different the world is in comparison to the world that gave
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