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Gladiators at Pompeii

Gladiators at Pompeii

by Luciana Jacobelli


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The brutal, thrilling world of gladiators was a popular motif in the art of Pompeii, as this informative book demonstrates. Gladiators at Pompeii, illustrated with striking Pompeiian depictions of these ancient combatants, presents a complete picture of the gladiators of the Roman Empire and the highly organized and regulated tournaments in which they competed. Luciana Jacobelli reveals the latest evidence on the best-documented categories of gladiators, their origins, social status, equipment, and training. Originally staged for the funeral rights of prominent Roman citizens, gladiatorial games eventually became a tool for career politicians to both gain popularity and appease the often turbulent masses. While most gladiators were slaves or prisoners of war forced into a career of battle, others were criminals or free men from prominent families who aspired to fame and fortune. Surprisingly, there are even records of women gladiators.
Gladiators at Pompeii offers a riveting account of the lives and exploits of these Roman warriors, who continue to capture and enthrall the popular imagination today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892367313
Publisher: Getty Publications
Publication date: 09/26/2003
Series: Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1The Institution of Gladiatorial Combat: Its Origins and Evolution5
Types of Gladiators7
Female Gladiators17
Sponsoring and Staffing a Gladiatorial Spectacle19
The Spectacle from Start to Finish22
The Amphitheaters27
The Revolt of Spartacus28
Part 2The Spectacles at Pompeii39
The Documents: Spectacle Programs and Graffiti39
The Players: Editores, Agents and familiae gladiatoriae, and Gladiators42
The Venues: The Amphitheater, Gladiators' Barracks and Ludus, and the Schola armaturarum53
Representations of Gladiators: Paintings and Reliefs69
Representations of Gladiators: Lamps, Vases, and Statues99
The Riot of A.D. 59106
From the Gladiators to Tiger Man: Knowledge, Confrontation, and Death in the Spectacle of the Duel107

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